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Georgia: Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili Proposed as PM

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on November 2 named 31-year-old Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili as the ruling Georgian-Dream coalition's choice for prime minister once Ivanishvili resigns later this month.

Speaking to journalists at the Georgian Dream's central office in Tbilisi, Ivanishvili described Gharibashvili as "very worthy," "very practical" and "a good manager."

"He knows the price of work," the prime minister, a self-made billionaire, said with a smile.

Gharibashvili, who, under Georgia's amended constitution, will take on broad powers formerly reserved for the president, is a newcomer to government. His post as interior minister, held for barely a year, is his first public office. A replacement has not yet been named.

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Georgia: Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili Proposed as PM

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