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Georgian Government Resigns

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has accepted the government’s resignation overnight Oct. 11, News Georgia reported.

 

“On the order of President Mikheil Saakashvili, the resignation of the government has been accepted. Based on the same order, the incumbent government has been entrusted with fulfilling the responsibilities until the new government is formed. The new cabinet will be presented to the Parliament according to the terms stipulated by the Constitution,” the statement said, as cited by News Georgia.

Saakashvili’s party, the United National Movement, lost the Oct. 1 parliamentary elections, gaining 67 seats out of 150. The Georgian Dream coalition, led by the Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, gained 83 deputy mandates in the Parliament. No other political party has overcome the 5-percent barrier.

Ivanishvili nominated his candidates for ministerial seats on Oct. 8, who are expected to be approved by the Parliament during its first session on Oct. 20-21.

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