Blast targets Georgia's Labour Party

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.

    Nino Burjanadze has promised a new democratic era

    "Today, at 5:30 in the morning, a car stopped near our building. As soon the car pulled out, an explosion went off," said Gela Daneliya, one of the leaders of the Labor Party.

    "Thankfully, nobody was hurt," he added.

    The Labour Party does not support Mikhail Saakashvili, who spearheaded the protest that led to Shevardnadze's overthrow.

    The bomb attack came days after a bloodless "rose revolution" that saw the overthrow of 75-year-old President Shevardnadze, blamed for plunging the once prosperous Georgia into poverty. 

    The overthrow, however, was not supported by all of Georgia's political players, and several semi-autonomous regions are also nervous about the outcome of Shevardnadze's fall. 

    Political fallout

    Shalva Natelashvili, the leader of the Labour Party, said the
    blast had targeted the party because of its ground support. 

    "This is a logical extension of Shevardnadze handing over power to his heirs. First, there was serious pressure against the government channel" and other independent media, he said. "And now they have got to us." 

    Natelashvili added: "This is happening because of our high
    rating." 

    Shevardnadze, a former Soviet foreign minister credited with having helped end the Cold War, was forced from office last Sunday after weeks of angry protests against alleged fraud in 2 November parliamentary elections which returned his government to power. 

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.