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Georgian president-elect targets Shevardnadze in anti-corruption drive

The US-educated lawyer who won a landslide victory in Georgia’s presidential elections on Sunday has vowed to tackle corruption as his first act when he takes office later this month. And the man he ousted, Eduard Shevardnadze, and his family are among his targets. The President-elect, Mikhail Saakashvili, 36, said his first move would be to push for “drastic anti-corruption legislation”. Corruption, including the siphoning off of foreign aid and state assets falling into private hands, has weakened the country to the brink of collapse, and “the richest of them all was the Shevardnadze family”, Mr Saakashvili told the Associated Press. “I never promised Shevardnadze we would not take assets he misappropriated. I promised him his physical security,” he said in an interview at the Krtsanisi presidential residence in the steep hills on the edge of the capital, Tbilisi. Full Story

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