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Georgian refugee minister resigns


TBILISI, November 4 (RIA Novosti, Marina Kvaratskhelia) - Georgian Minister for Refugees Eteri Astemirova has tendered resignation, the ministry said Friday.

The ministry's press service said Astemirova sent a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli Friday morning.

"The minister decided to resign over restructuring of the ministry, and there is no other reason," the press service said.

The Georgian government is working to form a new agency, tentatively a ministry of regional policy, local self-government and territorial structure.

A bill to the effect can be sent to parliament next week. Parliament is simultaneously debating a bill on self-government.

The Georgian cabinet presently consists of 13 ministries, and also includes four state ministers for Euro-Atlantic integration, conflict resolution, economic reform and civil integration.

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