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Georgia: Politics and the Billionaire Housewife

Georgia’s richest housewife has set aside the cares of hearth and home and walked onto the political stage in a big way. Make way for Ekaterine Khvedelize, the wife of billionaire-cum-opposition-politician Bidzina Ivanishvili.

The little-known Khvedelidze last week became the commander-in-chief of the Ivanishvili political army -- known as the Georgian Dream movement -- that hopes to give the boot to President Mikheil Saakashvili's United National Movement party in this year's parliamentary elections.

Ivanishvili cannot chair his own political movement because his Georgian citizenship has been revoked by the government, which argues that his Russian and French citizenship violated Georgia's laws on citizenship. Khvedelidze’s Georgian citizenship, though similarly revoked, was reinstated late last month. And a political career was born.

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Georgia: Politics and the Billionaire Housewife

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