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Georgia's Prime Minister-Designate To Quit Politics In 18 Months

Georgia's Prime Minister-Designate To Quit Politics In 2014i
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October 24, 2012
Billionaire businessman Bizdina Ivanishvili, who is expected to be appointed Georgian prime minister this week, told his future cabinet and opposition party members on October 24 that he would leave politics in a year and a half and that he wanted to bring Russian-backed breakaway regions back into the Georgian fold.
Georgia's Prime Minister-designate Bidzina Ivanishvili says he plans to quit politics entirely in just 18 months.

The billionaire-turned-politician told lawmakers in Kutaisi on October 24 that after stepping down he would become "an active member of civil society."

Ivanishvili was answering questions from President Mikheil Saakashvili's minority United National Movement.

The businessman, whose Georgian Dream bloc won a parliamentary election on October 1, said before the vote that he had no long-term political ambitions.

The Georgian parliament is expected to confirm the new government on October 25.

Based on reporting by AFP, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS

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