Business in Georgia pins hopes on new government, Russia ties | Reuters

TBILISI Power in Georgia has peacefully changed hands after a tense parliamentary election but as the next government takes shape under billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, the likely prime minister, businesspeople face political uncertainty.

Ivanishvili has no experience of government, presides over a six-party coalition which he says could splinter in parliament, and faces months of uneasy cohabitation with President Mikheil Saakashvili, a political rival.

Business chiefs are therefore eager to know how he plans to fulfill promises to relax government control of business, create jobs, raise pensions and welfare benefits, offer free healthcare and education, and improve ties with