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New Georgian Economy Minister Named --> Saakashviki (left) presenting Arveladze in Tbilisi today (InterPressNews) November 20, 2006 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili today appointed his chief of staff, Giorgi Arveladze, as economy minister.

Arveladze, a specialist in international law, replaces Irakli Okruashvili who resigned on November 17 after being shifted into the position a week earlier from his job as defense minister.

Okruashvili had taken a tough stance during his 11 months in the defense job on Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region.

(Interfax, Reuters)