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Georgian Parliament Passes New Law on Adjara

By a vote of 174 in favor and 13 against, deputies adopted on 1 July in the third and final reading the Law on the Status of the Adjaran Autonomous Republic, Georgian media reported.

The new law empowers the president of Georgia to dismiss the Adjaran government, dissolve the parliament, and annul legislation passed by that parliament.

It also lists the ministries comprising the new Adjaran government, which do not include security or defense ministries.

In mid-May, theProvisional Council named by President Mikheil Saakashvili toadminister the republic pending new elections reduced the number of ministries from 18 to four or five.

(RFE/RL 01.vii.04)

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