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Georgian Chief Prosecutor Resigns

Georgia's chief prosecutor, Archil Kbilashvili

Georgia's chief prosecutor, Archil Kbilashvili

Georgia's chief prosecutor has announced his decision to resign.

Archil Kbilashvili told journalists in Tbilisi on November 7 that his resignation would be effective as of November 17, the inauguration day of President-elect Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Kbilashvili, who has served as Georgia's chief prosecutor since October 2012, said the past year had been a period of transition for the Prosecutor's Office from a policy of what he called "repression" to "liberalization," which, among other things, involved "giving up control of the judiciary."

Kbilashvili added that he is following the example of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who announced earlier that he would leave his post and politics after the new president was sworn in.

Margvelashvili, who won the October 27 vote, is an Ivanishvili ally.

A number of allies of outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili were arrested during Kbilashvili's tenure as chief prosecutor.

Based on reporting by and