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Georgia offers to question Saakashvili via Skype

Georgian prosecutors offered Thursday to question ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili via Skype, insisting they had no plans to arrest him despite summoning him last week over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili, who is currently in Ukraine, had been ordered to appear before Georgian prosecutors Thursday to testify in some 10 criminal cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister Zurab Zhvania.

Georgia offers to question Saakashvili via Skype

Georgian prosecutors offered Thursday to question ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili via Skype, insisting they had no plans to arrest him despite summoning him last week over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili, who is currently in Ukraine, had been ordered to appear before Georgian prosecutors Thursday to testify in some 10 criminal cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister Zurab Zhvania.

Georgia jails Saakashvili's ex-premier for embezzlement

A Georgian court on Monday sentenced one of former pro-Western president Mikheil Saakashvili's prime ministers to five and a half years in prison for embezzlement in a case his allies denounced as political persecution. The court found Vano Merabishvili, who served as premier for a few months before October 2012 elections, guilty of assigning fake government jobs to 22,000 people who actually worked on his party's losing campaign.

Georgia's billionaire ex-PM launches NGO to 'control government'

Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Tuesday said he was launching a non-governmental organisation aimed at helping citizens in the ex-Soviet state "control their government". Billionaire Ivanishvili, who stepped down in November after a year at the helm in favour of a handpicked successor, pledged to pump some $1.5 million annually into the organisation to fund the training of journalists and political analysts.

Georgia undeterred by Ukraine's about-face on EU pact

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia plans to initial an agreement to strengthen ties with the European Union next week despite Ukraine's decision to pull out of a similar accord, officials said on Friday. Like Ukraine, Georgia is a former Soviet republic that risks upsetting Russia, with which the South Caucasus country of 4.5 million fought a brief war in 2008, by deepening cooperation with the EU.

Georgia's new premier says will seek thaw with Russia

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia's new premier said on Wednesday his government would stick to the ex-Soviet republic's pro-Western course but also try to mend relations with Russia, Tbilisi's old Soviet master and adversary in a five-day war in 2008. Parliament confirmed Irakly Garibashvili and his cabinet by a vote of 93-19, completing a political transition that has ended almost a decade of dominance by former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who avidly sought integration with the West.

Irakli Garibashvili, 31, confirmed as Georgian PM

Georgia's parliament on Wednesday confirmed Irakli Garibashvili as the ex-Soviet state's new prime minister, replacing his close ally billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili as premier. "The parliament has approved the new government by 93 votes to 19," parliament speaker David Usupashvili said. The vote will make 31-year-old Garibashvili-- who served as interior minister during Ivanishvili's year in charge -- the youngest serving head of government in Europe.

Georgian PM Garibashvili: Europe's youngest government chief

Georgia's new prime minister Irakli Garibashvili, who was on Wednesday confirmed as the youngest current head of government in Europe, is a Paris-educated protege of his mentor and predecessor, the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. After his confirmation by parliament Garibashvili, 31, will replace Ivanishvili once President Giorgi Margvelashvili -- another Ivanishvili loyalist -- has officially ratified the decision.

Georgian leader vows integration with EU, better ties with Russia

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili said he was ready to mend ties with Russia strained under his predecessor by a brief war and by trade disputes, but stood by the ex-Soviet state's pro-Western course at his inauguration on Sunday. Former President Mikheil Saakashvili led Georgia in a disastrous five-day war with Russia in 2008, which cemented Moscow's control of two rebellious Georgian regions. His exit removes the main irritant in relations with Moscow.

Georgia inaugurates Margvelashvili as new president

Georgia on Sunday inaugurated Giorgi Margvelashvili as its new president to replace charismatic reformer Mikheil Saakashvili after a decade at the helm of the ex-Soviet state. Margvelashvili, a close ally of Saakashvili's arch-foe, billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, cruised to victory with around 62 percent of the vote at an election last month. "Today the victor is our people's will," Margvelashvili said at the low-key event in the courtyard of the former parliament building in central Tbilisi.
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