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MEETINGS IN TBILISI

Information on early returns from Georgian’s parliamentary elections coming from the local polling stations cause frequent place changes in the list of blocs and parties struggling for deputy mandate and it irritates radical opposition. Considering itself as the only winner the “National Movement” party of Mikhail Saakashvili do not wish to concede elections to pro-governmental bloc “For New Georgia” and urge the population to go out into the streets claiming that authorities rigged the votes. At about 8 p.m October 4 NM held a meeting in front of Tbilisi Municipality whereupon representatives of former speakers of Georgia’s parliament Zurab Zhvania and Nino Burjanadze “Burjanadze-democrats” and former first secretary of Central Committee of Communist Party of Georgia Jumbera Pantiashvili “Ertoba” (“Unity”).

With his radical statements, Mr. Saakashvili noted that he sees no alternatives to Eduard Shevardnadze’s resigning, “If President wants revolution we can do it”. Opposition leaders threatened that they would not recognize “truth” of defeat, in their opinion, of bloc “For New Georgia” and lead people into the streets. D. Patiashvili urged people to civil disobedience. Late in the evening most of people dismissed.

President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze made a statement in which he appealed to defend the stability. He recognized such actions of opposition as illegal at the time CEC is still calculating the votes and authorities would prevent instability and culprits will be deservedly punished.

Head of Ajar Autonomous Republic Aslan Abashidze called on to exercise restraint and patience and called as irresponsible the statements of those considering themselves as winners until promulgation of results. He noted that if fascists come to power as it was in 30s last century the repressions would be repeated. He called on vigorous forces to go out to the streets in order to not the radical opposition be there.

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