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In pictures: Georgian protests

Opposition protester in Georgia 06/01/08

Thousands of opposition supporters in Georgia gathered in a square in the snowbound capital Tbilisi on Sunday to protest against what they said was a rigged presidential election.

Opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze in Georgia 06/01/08

Opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze, pictured, told the rally that he would not allow President Mikhail Saakashvili to "steal the election".

Opposition protesters in Georgia 06/01/08

However, observers from the OSCE and Council of Europe said they saw very little wrong with the election, which they said was democratic and whose outcome should be respected.

Supporters of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, 06/01/08

Earlier, supporters of President Saakashvili celebrated as they heard that exit polls suggested he had won the election - and possibly by enough to avoid a second round.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, 06/01/08

President Saakashvili came to power in the bloodless "Rose Revolution" of 2003, but since then critics have accused him of an authoritarian streak.

Supporters of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, 06/01/08

He has also opened up a rift with Moscow, leading his former Soviet republic firmly towards accommodation with the West.





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