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What else could he want?

Political power, it turns out, and that has put him on a collision course with President Mikhail Saakashvili — his onetime close friend and ally.

Since announcing his ambitions a year ago, Ivanishvili has been stripped of his Georgian citizenship and hit with fines of tens of millions of dollars. But he is undeterred in leading his Georgian Dream party into parliamentary elections next week that he hopes will make him prime minister, set to become the country’s most powerful job after legislative changes next year.

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