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Saturday, November 02, 2013 11:42 am

Georgia's PM nominates successor

The Associated Press

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has nominated the country's interior minister as his successor.

The nomination on Saturday of Irakli Garibashvili comes a week after elections that chose Ivanishvili's ally Giorgi Margvelashvili as the country's new president.

Billionaire Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition routed President Mikhail Saakashvili's party in parliamentary elections a year ago, had previously announced his intention to step down as premier after the presidential vote. He is expected to remain highly influential even without a formal post.

Ivanishvili is expected to step down directly after the Nov. 17 presidential inauguration, after which parliament is to vote for a new prime minister. The 31-year-old Garibashvili has headed the ministry that controls the country's police since October 2012.