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Georgia’s Game of Thrones: Enter the King

Is a king in the cards for Georgia? In the 1943 film "Giorgi Saakadze," actor Spartak Baghashvili portrays the 17th-century Georgian monarch Luarsab II.

This Sunday, just as Georgia was caught up in another national debate about its constitutional future -- is it going to be a parliamentary republic, a presidential republic or a little bit of both? -- a voice from above pitched the idea of a constitutional monarchy. For the first time, the country’s ruling party, the Georgian Dream, appears to be politely considering the notion.

That may have to do with the fact that the voice from above, while not divine, did belong to Georgia’s most influential and popular man -- Patriarch Ilia II, the 84-year-old leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church. “His Holiness spoke the truth when he said that a constitutional monarchy will bring calm to political and government life,” concluded Parliamentary Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze before meeting with the patriarch, along with senior Georgian Dream MP Eka Beselia, to discuss the mechanics of a monarchy.

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