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When Titans Are Gone: Georgia’s Leadership Vacuum
WASHINGTON—Georgia’s political environment is witnessing the beginning of a new era as it emerges without any strong political leaders in 2014. With the departures of both President Mikheil Saakashvili and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s political arena will be left without a heavyweight leader, as neither newly elected President Giorgi Margvelashvili nor the selected Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili possesses the same level of magnetism.
Georgia’s westward course
It was 10 years ago this month that Mikheil Saakashvili, then a 35-year-old U.S.-trained lawyer, led a march on the parliament of Georgia that overturned a corrupt and autocratic regime in that post-Soviet Caucasian state and inaugurated a liberal democratic surge in Eurasia. The “Rose Revolution” was followed a year later by Ukraine’s “Orange revolution”; the brash and charismatic Saakashvili soon became Georgia’s elected president and a symbol of pro-Western change, as despised in Moscow as he was admired in Washington.
Chechens drawn south to fight against Syria's Assad
On the flight from Istanbul to Tbilisi, I had a conversation with a former employee of the UN's refugee agency who had worked with Chechens living in the Pankisi Gorge.
Still sweet on Saakashvili: Why, after all these years, I’ve still got a man crush on Misha
Misha will leave office on Sunday after almost a decade as president of Georgia. For a president that has always been known by a diminutive, Mikheil Saakashvili is a towering figure in the politics of the former Soviet Union, arguably the most influential politician to have come out of the ex-USSR since his arch foe, Vladimir Putin. It’s traditional to say that his legacy will be divisive. Possibly. His legacy will definitely be huge.
Margvelashvili Sworn In As Georgia's New President
Giorgi Margvelashvili has been sworn in as the new president of Georgia during a ceremony in Tbilisi
Much-reduced role for Georgia's new president Giorgi Margvelashvili
When Giorgi Margvelashvili was sworn as Georgia’s president today, he stepped into the rather large and controversial shoes of the outgoing leader, Mikhail Saakashvili.
Margvelashvili becomes Georgia president
Georgia has inaugurated its new president, Giorgi Margvelashvili, replacing charismatic reformer Mikheil Saakashvili after a decade at the helm of the ex-Soviet country.
Exiting President Reflects on Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia — Mikheil Saakashvili, now the former president of Georgia, was still working his famously late nights, apparently intent on squeezing every last minute from the final days of his term.
Odd couple's exit caps rollercoaster decade for Georgia
To lose two colourful, intriguing and unpredictable leaders might be considered the height of political carelessness, but that is Georgia’s fate as its president and prime minister depart the stage.