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The Georgian opposition announced on Wednesday it was launching a series
The Georgian opposition announced on Wednesday it was launching a series of protests, and reiterated its call for President Saakashvili's resignation.

"Following the tragic events of August 2008 [the war with Russia], practically all the opposition parties have called for early elections. However, free elections in Georgia under Mikheil Saakashvili's regime are unrealistic. Therefore, the only way out is Saakashvili's resignation," the opposition said in a statement released on Wednesday.

It is not entirely clear at this stage whether the opposition's call will be backed by other parties.

Saakashvili has ruled out early presidential or parliamentary elections in the spring of 2009, stressing that 2008 saw early presidential, parliamentary and local elections, while in 2010 a new round of local elections is due to be held.

He has described the opposition's demand for new elections as "irresponsible behavior."

The Georgian president has been on record as saying that he will not run again after his second term expires in 2013.

The U.S.-educated president has sought to integrate the ex-Soviet state into Europe and to curb Russian influence in the country since he came to power on the heels of the peaceful Rose Revolution in 2003.


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