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Georgia Awaits Results of Disputed Election
VOA ^ | 11/20/03

Posted on 11/20/2003 4:59:05 AM PST by I Am Not A Mod

Protests are continuing in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, as the former Soviet republic awaits the final results of this month's disputed parliamentary elections.

Georgian officials are expected to announce the results Thursday -- the deadline under Georgian law. The results have been held up because of legal challenges by the opposition. International monitors have said the election was a fraud.

Opposition leaders have called on thousands of their supporters to rally in Tbilisi today when the results are announced. The Georgian capital has seen several days of rallies both for and against embattled Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.

Mikhail Saakashvili, chief of the National Movement Party, has said only the peaceful end to President Shevardnadze's rule can save Georgia from falling apart.

Mr. Shevardnadze has refused to resign. He also says he cannot invalidate the election, calling that a decision for the courts. But he says he is willing to meet with the opposition and promised to punish anyone who may have rigged the balloting.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: caucasus; georgia

1 posted on 11/20/2003 4:59:05 AM PST by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Tbilisi. Hmmm. Is that anywhere near Macon?

Oh. Never mind.


2 posted on 11/20/2003 5:23:58 AM PST by Steely Tom
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