Fierce power struggle in Tbilisi | DiePresse.com

The government arrested opposition leader Nika Melia and provoked new protests. In exile, ex-President Saakashvili is working on a comeback – against the will of the strong man.

Nika Melia knew what was in store for him when the Georgian opposition leader and loyal followers barricaded themselves in his office in Tbilisi. A first attempt to arrest the impulsive 41-year-old, who exudes an intimidating aura with his bald head and the figure of a bodybuilder, failed a week ago due to resistance from his supporters and ended in a disaster for the government – the voluntary resignation of Giorgi Gacharia.

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