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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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Temperature is expected to exceed 40°C

18.08.14 10:00

Today`s weather forecast has scared the residents of Tbilisi, as the hydrometer center reported that temperature today will exceed 40°C. High temperature is expected in the rest of the Georgian territories, especially in the Western regions of clip 

Prime Minister visited the National Center of Manuscripts

15.08.14 14:28

The National Center of Manuscripts will have a new building - Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili announced during his visit to the center clip 

MP Gabashvili says Ugulava is the prisoner of Ivanishvili`s regime

15.08.14 14:07

`Gigi Ugulava is the personal prisoner of Bidzina Ivanishvili,` MP Goka Gabashvili announced at today`s briefing. The member of the parliamentary minority says that Ugulava, who had implemented numerous projects in Tbilisi and changed the city life to better, is in prison today under political clip 

Ilia Chavchavadze monument to be rehabilitated

15.08.14 13:53

The Ilia Chavchavadze monument in Tsitsamuri will be rehabilitated - the minister of infrastructure and regional development opened the reconstruction works today. The project is funded with about half a million GEL from the state budget and in clip 

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Batumi hosts international forum

15.08.14 12:27

Georgia`s seaside city of Batumi is hosting an International Forum `The Congress of the European Economic Senate`. The forum has been organized by the European Economic Senate, which represents a coordination center-organization for the European business, which unites heads of large companies and politicians from EU countries. clip 

PM: the epoch of disorder and impunity is over

15.08.14 11:29

Georgian Prime Minister says the epoch of disorder and impunity in Georgia is over, people are equal before law and any person committing a crime will be adequately clip 

Politicians comment on prosecution`s decision

15.08.14 11:19

Georgian politicians from the parliamentary majority and opposition have made absolutely different assessment of the decision of the prosecution to declare Georgia`s ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili wanted. The decision was sent to the interior clip 

Camp Phoenix to be closed in Afghanistan

15.08.14 11:11

Military servicemen of the Georgian Armed Forces stationed in the capital of Afghanistan Kabul, leave the Camp Phoenix. The camp Phoenix is closing down. Accomplishment of ISAF mission was marked with a solemn ceremony by the service members of the reinforced platoon of the 13th clip 

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