Grapevine: Jun. 11, 1990

GEORGIAN ON THEIR MINDS? With his new powers as President and his handful of domestic woes, Mikhail Gorbachev is likely to relinquish the once powerful post of General Secretary of the Communist Party next month. Who will replace him? The momentum is swinging toward Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, who has also been considered a potential Prime Minister if Nikolai Ryzhkov is forced to step aside. The choice would be both surprising and plausible. If he is to succeed as President, Gorbachev will need a trusted ally to head the party; Shevardnadze has been a friend for 25 years. If the party...

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