Tens of thousands protest government in Georgia
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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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