( Reuters ) - Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili is set to sack his prime minister in a reshuffle, government and diplomatic sources told Reuters on Friday, days after police battled anti-government protesters.
Two of the sources said they believed Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli would be replaced with Lado Gurgenidze, chairman of the Bank of Georgia BGEOq.L, the country's biggest commercial bank.
"We have known for a few days that Gurgenidze will be appointed prime minister," a government official said.
"There is some talk that the president is considering a reshuffle of the government, including the prime minister," said a diplomatic source. A banking sector source also said Gurgenidze was likely to be named as prime minister.