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Adjara marks eighth anniversary of Revolution

06.05.12 13:44

Batumi celebrates the eighth anniversary of the Adjara revolution. The revolution in 2004 ended with the liberation of Adjarians from the governance of Aslan Abashidze. The renegade leader fled Batumi on 6 May 2004 after several day mass demonstrations and since then he has been living in Russia together with his family.

The Adjara crisis refers to a political crisis in Georgia’s Adjaran Autonomous Republic, then led by Aslan Abashidze, who refused to obey the central authorities after President Eduard Shevardnadze’s ousting during the Rose Revolution of November 2003. The crisis threatened to develop into military confrontation as both sides mobilized their forces at the internal border. However, Georgia’s post-revolutionary government of President Mikheil Saakashvili managed to avoid bloodshed and with the help of Adjaran opposition reasserted its supremacy. Abashidze left the region in exile in May 2004 and was succeeded by Levan Varshalomidze.

On May 4, a large opposition protest rally was attacked by the local security forces in Batumi. Dozens of protesters were reportedly injured. However, the violent break up of peaceful demonstration proved a catalyst for even larger protests later on the same day. Tens of thousands from all Adjara headed to Batumi demanding Abashidze’s resignation. Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and Interior Minister Giorgi Baramidze crossed the Choloki River on May 5 and held talks with Adjaran Interior Minister Jemal Gogitidze. The latter agreed to withdraw his forces and paramilitary groups from the administrative border provided he would be guaranteed with security. Abashidze`s position became untenable when local protesters took control of the central part of the city of Batumi and Georgian Special Forces entered the region and started to disarm pro-Abashizde militants. Later on the same day, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Igor Ivanov arrived in the Adjaran capital Batumi. Abashidze stepped down after overnight talks with Ivanov and left for Moscow.

“Aslan has fled, Adjara is free,” President Saakashvili announced at the dawn of St George’s Day on May 6 and congratulated Georgians with what he described as “a second bloodless revolution” in Georgia.

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Kviris Palitra newspaper publishes full interview with Bidzina Ivanishvili

15.09.14 10:53

The Kviris Palitra newspaper has published the full version of the interview with the former prime minister of Georgia, founder of the Mokalake NGO, Bidzina Ivanishvili. The excerpts from this interview were published last week.More...video clip 

Justice Minister comments on discord between the President and the government

12.09.14 13:18

Minister of Justice of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani says the controversy regarding the complicated communication between the government and the president of Georgia can be in the interests of the National Movement. She says the government has not contributed to the process in any form.More...video clip 

Parliament speaker held meetings in Norway

12.09.14 12:11

Georgian parliament speaker, Davit Usupashvili has focused on the threats from Russia towards Georgia at the meetings with the Norwegian officials. Davit Usupashvili said that Russia was currently focused on Ukraine, however, it is obviously waiting for a proper time for implementing his policy towards Georgia.More...video clip 

Prime Minister`s visit to Baku continues

12.09.14 10:00

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili today will visit the large-scale international exhibition of industry during his visit to Azerbaijan. Over 200 representatives from 34 companies participate in the exhibition. More...video clip 

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President`s visit to UN cancelled

11.09.14 15:04

The visit of the president of Georgia to the United States, where he had been invited to the climate change summit within the UN General Assembly, has been cancelled. Giorgi Margvelashvili held a special press conference at the administration of the...More...video clip 

President says he does not feel himself oppressed

11.09.14 13:52

The president of Georgia does not feel himself oppressed - representative of the president`s administration Tiko Mzhavanadze told Rustavi2 in a telephone interview taken briefly after the excerpts from the interview with Bidzina Ivanishvili were published by the Kviris Palitra newspaper and Palitra TV. More...

Georgian PM meets Ilham Aliyev in Baku

11.09.14 13:49

Within the framework of the official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan the Prime Minister met with the President of Azerbaijan. Face to face meeting between Ilham Aliyev and Irakli Garibashvili was held at Zagulba Presidential Palace.More...video clip 

Justice Minister accepts remarks by Ivanishvili

11.09.14 12:51

Minister of Justice of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani has shared the remarks made by the former prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili in his recent interview with the Kviris Palitra newspaper, the full version of which will be published on September 15. More...video clip 

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