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Georgian PM Dismisses Foreign Minister

Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli has agreed to dismiss Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili.

Mr. Nogaideli announced his decision after consultations with President Mikhail Saakashvili and Parliament speaker Nino Burdzhanadze. He said no decision has yet been made on a replacement.

Wednesday's consultations followed complaints from members of parliament that the foreign minister had failed to keep lawmakers informed about her activities. The lawmakers also criticized her dealings with Georgian diplomats abroad.

Ms. Zurabishvili, a daughter of Georgian emigres, was serving as French ambassador in Tbilisi when Mr. Saakashvili named her foreign minister last year. At the time, her appointment was seen as a symbol of Georgia's new pro-western orientation and its aspirations for closer ties with European Union states.

The crisis delayed Mr. Nogaideli's departure for a week-long visit to the United States.