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Georgia: Does Saakashvili Have a Second Political Act in Him?

The statesmanship exhibited by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili following his party’s electoral defeat in parliamentary elections may give him more room for political maneuver down the road.

Especially in recent years, outside observers expressed concern about Saakashvili’s controlling governing style, even as he promoted a reform-minded and Western-oriented agenda in Georgia. His administration also drew criticism for blurring the lines between the state and the governing United National Movement (UNM) during the parliamentary election campaign.

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Justin Burke is editor of EurasiaNet.

Georgia: Does Saakashvili Have a Second Political Act in Him?

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