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Opposition Leader Quits Political Movement

Irakli Batiashvili, currently in prison and one of the leaders of the opposition movement, Forward Georgia, has quit the party, Batiashvili?s wife told reporters. She gave no reason for the decision.

Forward Georgia was set up in December 2004 on a national values and democratic principles platform.

In May Batiashvili was found guilty of providing ?intellectual assistance,? essentially providing advice, to a rebel warlord, Emzar Kvitsiani, and sentenced to seven years? imprisonment.

Batiashvili, however, denies the charges and claims they are politically motivated ? a view widely shared by other opposition parties and some human rights groups.


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