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Early foreign policy signs from Georgia seem positive

New government will maintain ties to West, but also strengthen ties to Moscow.
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Georgia's new Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili smiles as he attends a session of the Georgian parliament in Kutaisi, on Oct. 25, 2012. (Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images)
With a successful round of elections and a promising new leader, Georgia is in a prime position to boost its image domestically and abroad.
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Defeat may mean victory for Georgian president

Mikheil Saakashvili has a crazy streak. But his admission that his party lost elections this week may mean that's not always a bad thing.
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Governing Georgia is no easy task. (Vano Shalmov/AFP/Getty Images)
Shortly before the last parliamentary elections four years ago, Mikhail Saakashvili excused himself from a conversation on his presidential jet. He got up abruptly as it was descending to the capital Tbilisi and headed into the pilot’s cabin. Minutes later, the plane’s wings began tipping unsteadily ahead of a rough landing.
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