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Georgia Swears in New President - 2004-01-25


The man who led the former Soviet Republic of Georgia's "Rose Revolution," Mikhail Saakashvili, is due to be sworn in as president on Sunday.

President-elect Sakaashvili flew to the Black Sea port of Batumi, in the autonomous region of Adjara, to review troops with the region's pro-Moscow leader Aslan Abashidze.

Mr. Sakaashvili told the crowd of hundreds that it is important to show the world that Georgia is united. He also underscored Georgia's independence from foreign influence, such as Russia and the United States, saying he did not want to turn Georgia into a battlefield between different superpowers.

Mr. Sakaashvili said, "I am not Pro-American, or Pro-Russian, I am pro-Georgian,"

Mr. Sakaashvili says his main goal as president will be to unite the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov are among the scores of dignitaries in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to see Mr. Sakaashvili take the oath of office in front of parliament.

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