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The Georgian head of state, Eduard Shevardnadze, concentrated power in his own hands by taking over as temporary prime minister, Reuter reports from Tbilisi.

The former prime minister, Tengiz Sigua, earlier announced his government's resignation, which was approved by a parliament which clamoured for its dismissal at a stormy session. Mr Shevardnadze warned MPs that Georgia's existence was threatened unless power was centralised and an emergency regime brought in.