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Saakashvili Party Announces Primaries Before Georgia Vote

June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s party announced primaries today to choose his successor from among four candidates ahead of presidential elections in October.

• Saakashvili’s United National Movement will be challenged by billionaire prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s coalition.

• The four United National candidates include Davit Bakradze, former parliament speaker, who is now leader of a parliamentary minority group.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helena Bedwell in Tbilisi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at

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