Nika Melia Georgia city Tbilisi reports crisis Nika Melia Georgia city Tbilisi

Georgian police storm opposition office to arrest leader

TBILISI – Police in Georgia stormed the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party and arrested its leader on Tuesday.

The arrest of Nika Melia, head of the United National Movement, aggravates that political tensions that have been rising since the October parliamentary election that the opposition is demanding be rerun.

The move by police came hours after parliament named a new prime minister, whose predecessor opposed arresting Melia because of concerns that it would escalate the country's political crisis.

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