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Georgia "on brink of civil war" — president

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze warned the country was in danger of slipping into civil war as thousands of protesters were due to converge on the capital, Tbilisi, to demand his resignation. A week of protests, sparked by a parliamentary election opposition parties claim was rigged, is expected to reach a climax late Friday after an opposition leader called on all five million of his countrymen to join a demonstration in the capital, Tbilisi. In an empassioned plea broadcast on national television, Shevardnadze urged people not to respond to the call. “I make this warning: today there will be an action but it will not be some sort of theatrical presentation. It is all very serious. It is all leading to civil war. It could be the beginning of the end,” he said. Full Story

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