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Georgia: Conflict Rather than Cohabitation

A vicious power fight between Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and President Mikheil Saakashvili appears to be pushing Georgia fast into a vortex of political confusion with unpredictable results.

And the fight, as of today, is quite literal. On February 8, scores of pro-Ivanishvili protesters and ex-prisoners gathered outside Tbilisi's National Library with the apparent intention of preventing pro-Saakashvili parliamentarians and other supporters from entering the building to hear the president's annual speech to the country.

Police struggled to maintain any semblance of order; the situation calmed only when, to the crowd's cheers, a tight-lipped Interior Minister Irakly Gharibashvili arrived on the scene and went on the air to ask ex-prisoners to leave the territory surrounding the National Library.

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Georgia: Conflict Rather than Cohabitation

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