In a strident speech delivered at Zhvania's funeral service in Tbilisi's Holy Trinity Cathedral on February 6, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili lashed out at the country's "enemies," swearing that anyone who believed Zvania's death would alter the government's reform course "would be very much mistaken."
"I want to tell our enemies: do not hope that we will fail. Zurab Zhvania has died, but we are still alive. Do not hope that we will fail to finish what we started," Saakashvili said.
Calling the prime minister's death a critical "test" for the country, Saakashvili declared that the fact that Georgia is now a state "is possible, more than anything, thanks to Zurab Zhvania."
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Elizabeth Owen is EurasiaNets regional news coordinator in Tbilisi.