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The radical part of the Georgian opposition is resolved in spring
The radical part of the Georgian opposition is resolved in spring to challenge the ruling authorities and force President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign, a Russian business daily reported on Thursday.

According to Kommersant, Eka Beseliya, a leading figure in the For a United Georgia party, said that although the opposition had called off an anti-government action planned for January 25 it was still committed to ousting Saakashvili and holding early elections.

"The opposition is now preparing for continuous protest action - to begin in early spring - with only one demand: the president's resignation," she said.

Her comments were echoed by Levan Gachechiladze, the leader of the Georgian united opposition.

"The final and decisive battle will start in March. We will fight on until victory," he said.

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

It is not 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 is on record as saying 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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