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Georgia's new leaders tighten grip on power

Georgia’s new leadership consolidated its grip on power following the overthrow of President Eduard Shevardnadze, when parliament appointed a key opposition figure to the second highest government post. The post of minister of state was given to Zurab Zhvania — an ally of leading opposition figure Mikhail Saakashvili. The post is widely seen as a stepping stone to Zhvania becoming prime minister, a post abolished seven years ago but which parliament is expected to revive. Full Story

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