Georgian police clash with opposition activists after PM’s resignation, report says

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia speaks to the media as he visits a polling station during a parliamentary election in Tbilisi, Georgia

Police in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi clashed on Friday with opposition activists a day after the prime minister in the South Caucasus country resigned, the Sputnik Georgia news outlet reported.

Giorgi Gakharia, who had held the post of prime minister since 2019, said on Thursday he was stepping down because of a disagreement with his own team over the detention of Nika Melia, a prominent opposition politician.

Melia, chairman of the United National Movement (UNM) opposition party, called for early elections following the prime minister’s resignation.

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