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Power struggle plunges Georgia in turmoil

Newly appointed Georgian Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze gives a press conference in Tbilisi on November 5, 2014Georgia on Wednesday plunged into political crisis after its youthful prime minister sacked his hugely popular defence minister and the foreign minister resigned in protest. In the ensuing political turmoil in the pro-Western Caucasus nation, Irakli Alasania — who was fired in a surprise move on Tuesday — said his Free Democrats party was leaving the ruling coalition, robbing Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, 32, of a parliamentary majority. “Free Democrats will no longer be in the coalition,” the photogenic ex-defence minister, 40, told reporters. The ruling Georgian Dream coalition was left with only 73 seats in the 150-member legislature after Free Democrats’ 10-member-strong parliamentary faction quit.

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