Georgia: Disputed election winner Saakashvili takes presidential oath

Mikhail Saakashvili was sworn in to a second presidential term Sunday, following a divisive election that his opponents in the ex-Soviet republic claim was rigged. The elaborate inauguration event was to be followed by a military parade that would feature soldiers carrying not Russian-made Kalashnikov rifles but US-made weapons - a sign of Saakashvili's intention to pull the ex-Soviet nation further from Moscow's orbit toward the United States and the West. Saakashvili won more than 53 percent of the Jan. 5 vote, according to official results. The opposition claims fraud pushed him over 50 percent - the threshold for an outright victory - and wants a runoff between Saakashvili and opposition candidate Levan Gachechiladze, who officially won about 25 percent. The opposition planned to protest Sunday, pressing its demand for a new vote.