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The Ajaria crisis refers to a political crisis in Georgia’s Ajarian Autonomous Republic, then led by Aslan Abashidze, who refused to obey the central authorities after President Eduard Shevardnadze’s ouster during the Rose Revolution of November 2003. The crisis threatened to develop into military confrontation as both sides mobilized their forces at the internal border. However, Georgia’s post-revolutionary government of President Mikheil Saakashvili managed to avoid bloodshed and with the help of Adjarian opposition reasserted its supremacy. Abashidze was forced into exile in May 2004.