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Saakashvili Names Close Ally To Be Prime Minister

Vano Merabishvili will be Georgia's new prime ministerVano Merabishvili will be Georgia's new prime minister
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Vano Merabishvili will be Georgia's new prime minister
Vano Merabishvili will be Georgia's new prime minister
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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has named a close ally, Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, to be the country’s new prime minister.

Saakashvili’s announcement on June 30 came as Georgian political forces are gearing up for parliamentary elections due in October.

Merabishvili will replace Nika Gilauri, who has been prime minister since early 2009. No announcement was made about a new interior minister.

Saakashvili said he was tasking Merabishvili to take steps to reduce the small Caucasian nation's high unemployment rate, reportedly at 16 percent, and implement other reforms.

Merabishvili, interior minister since late 2004, has won praise from international observers for implementing police reforms and a crackdown on corruption, but was criticized for harsh measures used to break up opposition rallies against Saakashvili's presidency.

His appointment is expected to be formally approved by parliament next week.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP 
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by: Mamuka
July 01, 2012 03:32
Very interesting. Batoni Vano has been a power player in the Saakashvili team since the beginning... just look how many Ministers of Defence have come and gone while Vano stayed in power. He has been relatively low profile; will he try to stay in the background?

And who will take over at the MVD?
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by: Alexander
July 01, 2012 08:39
Mamuka - We do NOT have MVD. We have an Interior Ministry. I am glad that he will be a PM. (I had nothing against the old PM too however.)

by: Anonymous
July 01, 2012 09:35
let's see what will happen.
in any case, economic prospects have to improve more. besides, Abkhasia and south Ossetia gone (for the time being at last), Georgia should really concentrate on all its human and natural resources and develop the nation fast.
like Slovenia, little, relatively small in terms of territory, less coast than some of its neighbours, but relatively prosperous and a member of the EU despite the war of the Balkans, etc.
With Tamar and David ashenebeli as successful predecessors and their heritage as inspiration, it should be possible, eventually. Cultural and economic bloom wouldn't be bad! would create a good reputation and attract interest, propositions and ties from and with various places. in addition, it would inspire more beneficial bi- and multilateral relations.
Sweden, Germany, France, Poland, etc. , India, etc. maybe Romania, some of their industries, universities might surely be open-minded to create advantageous bonds between their nations and Georgia. Finally, of course, Georgians could create an industry on their own that provides a unique selling point, ideas and location which are somewhat exceptional, matchless, unsurpassed. could also help...
with less than 5 million inhabitants it should be manageable in the medium run, it seems.

by: Jack from: US
July 02, 2012 01:46
By all accounts Saakashvilli picked a freedom fighter like himself to be PM of his rump pro-Western dictocracy. We shall look forward to seeing General Secretary of NATO again praising republic of Georgia as model NATO minion. The new PM will send more of Saakashvilli's serfs to die for US government in Afghanistan so that US government gives some more pocket change to Saakashvilli to shop around boutiques in Milan, Italy

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