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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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UNM starts its election campaign

11.04.14 13:55

The members of the parliamentary opposition have assessed the clashes between the United National Movement leaders and the Georgian Dream activists in five different cities of Georgia as a political pressure on the clip 

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

11.04.14 13:47

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has released a special statement regarding the fact of violation of Georgian controlled airspace on clip 

Davit Narmania holds his last briefing as the minister

11.04.14 12:01

The candidate of Tbilisi mayor nominated by the Georgian Dream ruling party has held his last press conference as the minister of infrastructure and regional development. Narmania said that the official resignation would be made only after the date of the self-governments and mayors` was announced clip 

U.S. Senator calls for granting MAP to Georgia

11.04.14 10:00

American Senator Chris Murphy calls on the NATO to grant the Membership Action Plan to Georgia. Murphy voiced his recommendations at the meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate on clip 

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Minister sreject allegations of opponents on suspended infrastructure projects

10.04.14 14:03

The members of the government have denied the allegations of the United National Movement on suspension of infrastructure projects. Ministers of Economics and Infrastructure, Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Davit Narmania have accused the opponents clip 

PACE adopts resolution on Russia`s actions in Ukraine

10.04.14 11:41

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on condemning Russia`s actions in Ukraine with 154 votes vs. 26 on Wednesday. The European MPs have condemned the annexation of Crimea by Russia and deployment of Russian troops at Ukraine`s clip 

April 9 Tragedy victims awarded posthumously

09.04.14 12:49

The victims of April 9 Tragedy have been decorated with the St. George`s Orders of Victory for the civil devotion, for the contribution to the national-liberation movement and the struggle for the independence of the state clip 

President comments on statements made by Interior Minister

09.04.14 12:17

The President of Georgia has downplayed the political speculations that followed the statement made by the Interior Minister Aleksandre Chikaidze a few days ago. The Minister said there were groups in Georgia`s clip 

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