Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has resigned after meeting the opposition and Russia's foreign minister, the president's spokesman told CNN.
CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty, who is in Tblisi, said: "It was an amazing moment here when news came through. It was electrifying, deafening."
Fireworks went off and tens of thousands of protesters, who have gathered outside parliament buildings during the past 24 hours, waved flags and sang.
They blamed Shevardnadze for a corrupt regime and extreme poverty.
The resignation comes after two weeks of protests complaining at November 2 elections, which the opposition and election observers said were rigged.
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