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Tens of thousands protest government in Georgia

Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 21:19

Tbilisi: Tens of thousands of people have thronged the streets of Georgia`s capital to show their opposition to President Mikhail Saakashvili, in the largest anti-government demonstration in three years.

The demonstration, which drew at least 40,000 people, was seen as a test of the opposition`s public support in Tbilisi ahead of a parliamentary election in October.

Today`s protest was organized by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who is Georgia`s richest man and leading philanthropist.

He made his entry into politics last October, announcing that he was forming a political party with the aim of winning the parliamentary vote and assuming the post of prime minister.

Saakashvili`s second and last presidential term ends in January 2013 and his future plans are unclear. He has not excluded becoming prime minister.

First Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 21:16
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