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Georgian Leader Sets Date For Adjar Elections

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.