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Georgian officials suspend vote count as demo calls for Shevardnadze to step down

Election officials in the former Soviet republic of Georgia suspended the counting of ballots in the general election, as 10,000 protesters called for President Eduard Shevardnadze to step down and the cancellation of the vote marred by irregularities. They said they had decided to stop tallying votes in the disputed November 2 poll because of the many complaints of irregularities they had received. “There are a lot of complaints and until those complaints have been sorted out in the courts, I will not put out any results no matter what pressure I am put under,” Nana Devdariani, the chairwoman of the Georgian electoral commission told AFP. “My cut-off date is November 20,” she added. Full Story

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