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Georgia elects a new president this weekend in a poll likely to hand victory to Mikhail Saakashvili.

An explosion has shaken the office of the leading mobile phone company in Georgia, causing some damage but no casualties. 

A bomb went off early on Saturday outside the headquarters of a party that opposed the downfall of former president Eduard Shevardnadze, a top party official said.

The Georgian parliament has set 4 January as the date for a presidential election in the former Soviet republic after Eduard Shevardnadze was forced to resign.

Georgia's veteran President Eduard Shevardnadze has resigned amid scenes of wild jubilation in the streets of Tbilisi. 

A decade ago, Eduard Shevardnadze helped end the Cold War, sparking off the peaceful toppling of leaders across eastern Europe. After a disastrous decade as Georgian president, on Sunday he was crushed by his own "velvet revolution".
The Russian foreign minister is meeting politicians in Tbilisi, where President Eduard Shevardnadze is facing fierce opposition.
Mikhail Saakashvili is one of only two Georgian politicians widely tipped as possible successors to the embattled Eduard Shevardnadze.
Nino Burdzhanadze, who says she will assume the duties of Georgian president from embattled Eduard Shevardnadze, stands out as a measured, collected figure among her emotional compatriots.

Eduard Shevardnadze is a veteran of Georgian politics and a colourful figure who was viewed as the saviour of his country in the early 1990s.

Shaista Aziz
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