Eduard Shevardnadze (born in 1928) was a supporter of Gorbachev, he was first secretary of the Georgian Communist Party from 1972 and an advocate of economic reform.
In 1985 he became a member of the Politburo, working for detente and disarmament. In July 1991, he resigned from the Communist Party (CPSU) and, along with other reformers and leading democrats, established the Democratic Reform Movement.
In March 1992 he was chosen as chair of Georgia's ruling military council, and in Oct elected speaker of parliament.
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Eduard Shevardnadze is a Georgian politician, Soviet foreign minister 1985-1991, head of state of Georgia from 1992.