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Eduard Shevardnadze, the ex-President of Georgia died at 86

Jul 8, 2014 16:16 IST

Eduard Shevardnadze, the former President of Georgia died on 7 July 2014. He died after prolong illness at the age of 86.

He became the second President of Georgia in 1992 after disintegration of Georgia from the erstwhile Soviet Union. He had succeeded Zviad Gamsakhurdia. He was toppled in November 2003 after the Rose Revolution led by Mikheil Saakashvili.

He was alleged about irregularities in Parliamentary polls as well as with corruption and nepotism. However, Eduard Shevardnadze led Georgia out from the long running instability and civil war.

About Eduard Shevardnadze

• He was born in 1928 in Lanchkhuti, Georgia
• In 1946, he joined the youth movement of the Communist party and became the party’s Georgia head in 1972
• In 1985 under reformist leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he was appointed as the foreign minister of the Soviet Union
• In 1990 he resigned from the post and rejoined it in 1991 when Soviet Union was disintegrating
• He was credited with helping end the Cold War
• He authored his memoir titled The Future Belongs to Freedom
• He was the last foreign minister of Soviet Union

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