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A mkhare (Georgian: მხარე, mxare) is a type of administrative division in the country of Georgia. It is usually translated as "region".

According to presidential decrees in 1994 and 1996,[citation needed] Georgia's division into regions is on a provisional basis until the secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are resolved, the regional administration is headed by a State Commissioner (სახელმწიფო რწმუნებული, Saxelmćipo Rćmunebuli, usually treanslated as "Governor"), an official appointed by the President.

The regions are further subdivided into raionis (districts). There are 9 regions in Georgia (see also map opposite):

Region Capital
Guria Ozurgeti
Imereti Kutaisi
Kakheti Telavi
Kvemo Kartli Rustavi
Mtskheta-Mtianeti Mtskheta
Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti   Ambrolauri
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Zugdidi
Samtskhe-Javakheti Akhaltsikhe
Shida Kartli Gori

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