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Ivanishvili says he leaves Georgian premiership after new president's inauguration

October 23, 2013, 13:25 UTC+3
“I believe that I’ll succeed in convincing the Polish and Swedish foreign ministers that the situation in the country will be rather stable after October 27,” he added
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TBILISI, October 23 (Itar-Tass) - Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said he would leave the post of Georgian premier a week after the inauguration of a new president.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Ivanishvili said, “I believe that I’ll succeed in convincing the Polish and Swedish foreign ministers that the situation in the country will be rather stable after October 27.”

At the same time, the Georgian premier said, “There are certain problems because both leaders will leave politics practically at once: Saakashvili will leave on November 17 after the inauguration of a new president and I’ll leave my post approximately in a week after the inauguration.”

Earlier, he said, “After (Mikhail) Saakashvili is not president, the situation in the country will be another and, maybe, the government will not need my aid. My work in civil society will be more important.”

October 17, Ivanishvili confirmed that he intended to leave premiership. “This step does not mean that I’ll take aside Georgia’s public life,” the premier said.

“I was active in politics over two years. I intend to work in public life for about 20 years. I believe that I’ll be strong for this purpose,” he said.

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