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Bidzina Ivanishvili’s choices reinforce his pledge to maintain Georgia’s close ties with the U.S. and work toward closer integration with the Europe.

The pro-Western course was set by President Mikhail Saakashvili, who remains president for another year but lost the power to form the government when his party was defeated in a parliamentary election a week ago.

Among the members of the next government announced Monday are Maia Panjikidze, a former ambassador to Germany and the Netherlands, who will become foreign minister, and Irakly Alasania, a former ambassador to the U.N., who will take the post of defense minister. 

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