Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucusus

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May 1: After Adzharian militants blew up three bridges linking the province to the rest of Georgia, Georgian authorities ordered the rebellious province to accede to Georgian control by May 12. [WP, 5/5]

May 4: Approximately 2,000 protestors took to the streets in the Adzharia province in order to protest the provincial leader's defiance of Georgian control. [WP, 5/5]

May 5: Adzharian leader Asian Abashidze quit his post as governor of the autonomous region and fled Georgia following talks with Russian ex-Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. Ivanov had previously brokered the resignation of former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze. Supporters of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili demonstrated in the Adzharian capital of Batumi to demand Abashidze's resignation. [FT, 5/6]

May 7: Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili dissolved the local parliament of Adzharia and established direct rule in the former renegade province. Georgian police and soldiers disarmed paramilitary forces that had resisted the central government. [WP, 5/8]

June 20: Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's party garnered approximately 75% of the vote in Georgia's general election. …