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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Charter Vote

TBILISI () -- Georgia's parliament on Tuesday prepared to vote on a new constitution providing for a strong president and wide autonomy for the former Soviet republic's separatist regions.

Lawmakers were due to convene an extraordinary session Tuesday afternoon to debate the 117-article document meant to replace the turbulent country's outdated Soviet-era constitution.

Georgia's leader, Eduard Shevardnadze, has pushed hard for the adoption of the constitution, which restores the institution of president for the first time since the bloody overthrow of Zviad Gamsakhurdia in early 1992.

The former Soviet foreign minister is widely expected to run for the post although he has not announced his candidacy.

Parliament is expected to vote on the document Wednesday.