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Bloodless revolution as leader of rebel Georgian region flees into exile

The leader of Georgia’s renegade Adjara region resigned and flew out of his Black Sea province bound for exile in Moscow in the second bloodless revolution to sweep the former Soviet republic in six months. It had been feared that the standoff between Adjara’s leader Aslan Abashidze and the Georgian government could trigger a civil war, but in the end he left quietly and ordered his paramilitaries to lay down their arms. “Aslan has run away. Adjara is free,” said a beaming Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in the capital, Tbilisi, in a live television address. “A new era has begun in Georgia’s history.” Full Story

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