Ex-Soviet Georgia votes for president enters new era

Baltimore Sun
Sunday 27th October, 2013

Mikheil Saakashvili ‘s decade-long rule but is unlikely to end political uncertainty in the former Soviet republic. The front-runner to replace Saakashvili, a pro-U.S. leader who has served the maximum two terms, is Georgy Margvelashvili, a member of the Georgian Dream coalition which ousted the president’s cabinet in an election a year ago. Saakashvili’s departure should end feuding that has hindered policy-making and the investment climate, and cement Georgian Dream’s hold on power, but the future is clouded by Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s decision to step aside as well. The retreat…

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