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Monday, January 14 2008, #007 (1523)

Thousands rally in central Tbilisi to protest Saakashvili victory

Marching toward Freedom Square
At least 10 000 opposition supporters rallied in Tbilisi yesterday, to protest the reelection of Mikheil Saakashvili in what they say was a rigged vote.

Earlier yesterday, a split Central Election Commission (CEC) approved the final results of the January 5 presidential election by a majority vote. Saakashvili was reelected with 53.47 percent of the vote, nearly 70 000 votes over the 50 percent mark he needed to beat to avoid a runoff. (more)

Government frees jailed opposition leader

Irakli Batiashvili
Prominent opposition leader Irakli Batiashvili, who supporters say was a political prisoner, was pardoned and released from jail on January 11 by acting president Nino Burjanadze. (more)

Prominent Imedi TV anchor quits station

Giorgi Targamadze, a prominent anchor and director of political programs at Imedi TV, announced that he is leaving the station at a press briefing on January 12. He also said that speculation over him reentering politics was “close to the truth.” (more)

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