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Georgian Presidential Protection Service To Control VIP Security At Airport

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
TBILISI – Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has signed a decree changing the security arrangements at Tbilisi's international airport.

The State Protection Special Service, which is responsible for Saakashvili's personal security, will now be responsible for the airport's VIP terminal.

That terminal is used by visiting foreign officials, but it is also used by a select list of Georgia's political, judicial, and religious leaders.

The list includes the president, the prime minister, the parliament speaker, the supreme court chairman, the head of the constitutional court, and the patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Their family members also use the VIP terminal.

The president's office has not commented on the reasons behind the change.

With reporting by and