Georgia’s billionaire prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, wrapped up a clean sweep of the Black Sea nation’s top jobs as his candidate won an election to replace outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Badri Bitsadze, the husband of opposition leader Nino Burjanadze, may return to Georgia from exile as part of an amnesty bill, Bakur Bakuradze, a spokesman for Burjanadze, said today by phone from the capital, Tbilisi.
Several thousand anti-government protesters rallied outside the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi today and called for a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience to unseat President Mikheil Saakashvili .
Georgian opposition groups expect to get military support from Russian forces deployed in Georgia’s two breakaway regions, Radio Tavisupleba reported, citing an interview with Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze .
Irakli Okruashvili, a former Georgian defense minister living in asylum in France, canceled a planned visit to join anti-government protesters in Tbilisi because of a disagreement among opposition groups, opposition leader Nino Burjanadze said.