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Georgian Leader Sets Date For Adjar Elections


http://gdb.rferl.org/150C8EB1-D29F-4413-9F19-18A5B86A1EF8_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/150C8EB1-D29F-4413-9F19-18A5B86A1EF8_mw800_mh600.jpg 10 May 2004 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili today set 20 June as the date for parliamentary elections in the Adjar Autonomous Republic.

Longtime Adjar leader Aslan Abashidze last week fled to Moscow after a tense standoff with the central Georgian government in Tbilisi that threatened to turn violent. Saakashvili and demonstrators had called for Abashidze to resign.

Also today, Saakashvili appointed a new interior minister and mayor of the Adjar capital Batumi.

Saakashvili claimed that some of Abashidze's armed supporters are still hiding in forests. He urged them to surrender.

(AP)
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