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Briefly: Georgians Rally for Opposition Tycoon

Published: May 27, 2012 | 9:24 pm
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Tens of thousands of Georgians rallied in the capital Sunday as the ex-Soviet state’s richest man launched his bid to oust President Mikheil Saakashvili’s governing party at elections later this year.Supporters of billionaire tycoon-turned-opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream alliance packed into Tbilisi’s Freedom Square for the lavishly staged rally intended as a show of strength ahead of October’s polls.“This struggle will end with our victory,” Mr. Ivanishvili said after receiving a hero’s welcome from the huge crowd that sprawled out into the capital’s main street, chanting “Bid-zi-na! Bid-zi-na!”“Saakashvili is a coward who has no arguments except lies and violence,” he said, promising to win EU and NATO membership for the small Caucasus state and lift it out of poverty.It was the biggest rally since 2009 by an opposition revitalized by the superrich businessman’s decision to challenge Mr. Saakashvili, although opinion polls suggest his alliance trails behind the governing party.Source: Washington Times

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