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RFE/RL Reports: With a New Government for Georgia, What Lies Ahead?


Georgian Prime Minister-designate Bidzina Ivanishvili speaks at a news conference where he presented his new new government, Tbilisi, 16Oct2012

Georgian Prime Minister-designate Bidzina Ivanishvili speaks at a news conference where he presented his new new government, Tbilisi, 16Oct2012

As the Georgian parliament prepares this weekend to approve Prime Minister-designate Bidzina Ivanishvili's choices for his new government, RFE/RL's Robert Coalson and analyst Liz Fuller chart the path ahead.

# Ivanishvili And The Russians
There was a time, not long ago, when Russia reportedly had a lot of sway over who was named to head Georgia's "power ministers" - defense, interior, security, and foreign affairs. Mikheil Saakashvili put an end to all that back in 2003 -- and the result was a dramatic deterioration in relations with Moscow. Ivanishvili has said he will seek to improve relations with Russia yet maintain Saakashvili's pro-Western policy. Can he find the middle path between confrontation and capitulation? What do his cabinet choices tell us?

# Ivanishvili's Cabinet Choices And His Domestic Reform Agenda
The Georgian Dream coalition's victory was in part a reaction to the spotty human rights record of the Saakashvili government. Now the coalition must turn its promise of reform into action with wise picks to head the crucial Justice and Interior ministries

# After Elections, Many Georgian Officials Disappear, Leave Town
A growing number of officials and former officials from the government of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili have gone missing since Saakashvili's party lost power. What's behind the exodus?

# Georgia's Media Landscape Shifts In Wake Of Historic Election
Everyone expected changes to Georgia's media environment as the political transition unfolds, but few expected them to come so quickly.

# Georgian Election Winner Unveils Ministerial Candidates, Former Ruling Party Retrenches
Ivanishvili has admitted that the selection of his cabinet was "a complicated process." Who makes the cut, who sits on the sidelines, and who could act as a spoiler?

(And just for fun...)
# Saakashvili-Ivanishvili Snapshot Creates A Meme
What happens when you mix Georgian politics with a Hollywood action movie mentality? This.

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