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Ivanishvili intends to fully reshuffle Georgian government

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Oct. 3, 2012, 10:25 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Georgia's billionaire and opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili reacts with supporters at his office in Tbilisi Georgia, Monday, Oct.1, 2012.
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MOSCOW - Bidzina Ivanishvilu, the leader of the Georgian Dream coalition that won the October 1 parliamentary election in the country, will start to discuss candidates for the position of parliamentary speaker and a new composition of the government.

Ivanishvili has yet to name people for these posts. "After consultations with my team will be able to give more details," he said.

However, no current minister will find a job in the new government, Ivanishvili specified.

One of the Georgian Dream leaders Irakly Alasania hopes that there will be working relations with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

"The responsibility for a possible political crisis will lie on the Georgian president. We want to have working relations, and as we learnt they have the same desire," Alasania said.

Earlier Ivanishvili advised Saakashvili to resign.

It was reported earlier that Saakashvili, who according to the Georgian Constitution has the right to present the new government, said that he is ready to accept the candidates proposed by Ivanishvili and forward them for approval to the parliament.

The Georgian Central Election Commission has so far counted 98% of votes. The Georgian Dream gets 55% of votes. The ruling party led by Saakashvili won the support of 40% of voters.

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