TBILISI - The Georgian tycoon whose opposition coalition won a parliamentary election expressed confidence on Tuesday that the former Soviet republic would be able to join NATO soon, emphasizing relations with the West are a paramount priority.

"We are striving toward Europe and Georgia will definitely be able to become a member of NATO soon," Bidzina Ivanishvili, who intends to become prime minister once parliament convenes, said after a meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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