Body of former Georgian prime minister to be exhumed

TBILISI, Georgia, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The remains of former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania will be exhumed for further examination into the cause of his death, officials said Thursday.

Atlantic Eye: A Georgian rose half-opened

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- "He is charming, but glib. Saakashvili needs to step up to the plate if the Rose Revolution is to meet its promise. It is not enough to want to be in the European Union. You have to meet standards of democracy. That is his challenge," a ranking Democrat wrote to me in response to the presidential election results in the Republic of Georgia.
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New allegation on ex-PM's death

TBILISI, Georgia, April 6 (UPI) -- The leader of a Georgian opposition party said Wednesday the nation's defense minister may be linked to the death of a former premier.

Georgian FM tapped for PM post

TBLISI, Georgia, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili named Finance Minister Zurab Nogaideli as the country's new prime minister.

Georgian officials found in apparent suicide

TBILISI, Georgia, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A Georgian government official who worked for the pardons commission in Tbilisi, Georgia, has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Zhvania's death could mean cabinet split

TBILISI, Georgia, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Georgia's delicate political balance could teeter following the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania Thursday, reported the Financial Times.

Georgian PM dies of apparent gas poisoning

TBILISI, Georgia, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Georgia was found dead Thursday in a friend's apartment in Tbilisi, apparently poisoned by gas.

Russia denies killing Georgia's premier

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Russia's foreign minister Thursday strongly denied a claim his country was behind the death of Georgia's prime minister.

UPI Energy Watch

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Georgia reached an agreement on Dec. 17 with the Greenoak Group to sell it 100 percent of the government's shares of the Georgian Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd. the Gr
JOHN C.K. DALY, International Correspondent

Georgia PM may meet rebel leader

TBILISI, Georgia, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity may meet this week, Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

Breakaway Ossetians set tough demands

MOSCOW, Portugal, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The head of the breakaway region of South Ossetia said Friday no meeting with Georgia's prime minister was possible until all Georgian troops are withdrawn.

Russians help Georgia on tax reform

TBILISI, Georgia, June 3 (UPI) -- A top level team of Russian experts has been advising Georgian officials on sweeping tax reforms, RosBusinessConsulting said Thursday.

Georgian leader woos Moscow

MOSCOW, May 24 (UPI) -- Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania met Russia's foreign minister Monday to

Georgia gov't seeks Abkhazia conflict end

UNITED NATIONS, April 29 (UPI) -- The new prime minister of Georgia told the U.N. Security Council Thursday his government is committed to resolve the conflict in Abkhazia.

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Zurab Zhvania (Georgian: ზურაბ ჟვანია) (December 9, 1963 – February 3, 2005) was a prominent Georgian politician, having served as Prime Minister of Georgia and Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia as well as Minister without Portfolio. Zhvania assumed premiership on 18 February 2004 and remained on the position until his death on 3 February 2005. Zurab Zhvania is the only Georgian Prime Minister to have died whilst being in office.

Zhvania was born in Tbilisi. In 1985 he graduated from the Faculty of Biology of the Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University. He worked at the university through 1992.

Zhvania entered national politics in 1988. Between 1988 and 1990, Georgia's Green Party, which Zhvania co-chaired, was one of a number of opposition groups that took part in the country's drive to regain its independence. In September 1991 his party joined the opposition to the government of the first post-Soviet President of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia. Gamsakhurdia's violent overthrow in January 1992 resulted in Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Soviet foreign minister, coming to power a few months later.

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