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Georgian Leader on Precarious Pedestal

As Georgian President-elect Mikheil Saakashvili prepares to take power, the fervent support of vast numbers of citizens counting on him to change their lives may be both a blessing and a curse. They are people like Nino Kharlampidi, a bus station worker who joined last fall’s nonviolent “Rose Revolution” led by the dashing young “Misha,” a Western-educated lawyer known for fiery rhetoric and a boyish smile. Fireworks lighted the sky in the capital, Tbilisi, on the November night that longtime President Eduard A. Shevardnadze resigned in the face of the protests, and the 50-year-old Kharlampidi was among those who danced on the street in front of parliament. Full Story

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