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Georgia: Proposed Cabinet Comes with Questions

A week after Bidzina Ivanishvili’s sweep to victory in Georgia’s October 1 parliamentary elections, the billionaire has tapped a former Milan soccer star, a few ex-ambassadors, and a few Shevardnadze-era bureaucrats to top his Georgian Dream coalition’s list of cabinet nominations.

For the post of prime minister itself. Ivanishvili, though a French citizen, is the nominee, although, without Georgian citizenship, controversy persists about the constitutional path to his nomination.

President Mikheil Saakashvili must present the proposed cabinet to parliament, which reconvenes on October 20, for confirmation. The president has stated he will cooperate with the Georgian Dream coalition on this task.

In comments to reporters, Ivanishvili said that he expected to meet with Saakashvili on October 9 to discuss the proposed government.

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Georgia: Proposed Cabinet Comes with Questions

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