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Georgia's Leader Makes Election Pledge

Georgia’s interim leader, in her first speech to the nation, pledged Monday to hold elections within 45 days, restored the old parliament and said she would repeal the state of emergency declared by longtime President Eduard Shevardnadze before he was swept from power. Nino Burdzhanadze, a key opposition figure swept into power by huge street protests against the ousted president, appealed to Georgia’s people to cooperate with her government and reaffirmed her country’s pro-Western stance. “Order must be restored immediately not only in Tbilisi but also in all the regions of the country,” she said in a nationally televised speech. Full Story

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