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New Georgia government detains general, ex-minister

Soldiers march at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Soldiers march at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political...more

Soldiers march at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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A soldier stands guard at the checkpoint of a military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

A soldier stands guard at the checkpoint of a military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the...more

A soldier stands guard at the checkpoint of a military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania (L) shakes hands with a soldier at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania (L) shakes hands with a soldier at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of...more

Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania (L) shakes hands with a soldier at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania (R) and the acting Chief of Joint Staff Vakhtang Kapanadze arrive at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania (R) and the acting Chief of Joint Staff Vakhtang Kapanadze arrive at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on...more

Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania (R) and the acting Chief of Joint Staff Vakhtang Kapanadze arrive at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania speaks to the media at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania speaks to the media at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power,...more

Georgia's Defence Minister Irakli Alasania speaks to the media at the military base in Mukhrovani outside Tbilisi, November 7, 2012. The Georgian government detained the armed forces' chief of staff on Wednesday on suspicion of abuse of power, stepping up what the opposition says is political persecution of President Mikheil Saakashvili's allies. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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