Early elections in Georgia "absolutely ruled out": President

Early elections in Georgia, parliamentary or presidential, are "absolutely ruled out", Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has said.

Tbilisi: Early elections in
Georgia, parliamentary or presidential, are "absolutely ruled
out", Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has said.

"Elections will be held in the country as required by
law: parliamentary elections in 2012 and the presidential one
in 2013," he said yesterday.

"Georgia needs development, calm, and political
stability. Election fuss, let alone early elections, are
absolutely ruled out," Saakashvili said.

He said, "All countries live from election to
election and development in between the elections, make
investments and develop the economy."

Some opposition parties in Georgia have demanded
early presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

Former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli, the
leader of the opposition party "For Fair Georgia", said
Saakashvili had led the country into "a dead end" and was now
fighting not for its unification, but for power.

"Georgia has paid a dear price for Saakashvili`s
policy and actions. He will go down in history as a president
who has lost control over several territories of the country
and who has further divided society rather than consolidated
it, and therefore he should resign," Nogaideli said.

"Georgia is facing serious problems: We should
regain the trust of Abkhazians and Ossetians, and we should
gradually normalise relations with Russia. All this will make
it possible to preserve prospects for a peaceful reunification
of Georgia," he said.

"Saakashvili`s conditions for the resumption of
dialogue with Russia and normalisation of relations between
the two countries cannot be met at this point. And this
increases problems in Georgian-Russian relations. I think it
necessary to begin dialogue with Russia without preconditions
or ultimatums," Nogaideli said.

Former Georgian parliament speaker Nino Burdzhanadze
has also accused Saakashvili of failing to use the chance and
resources for normalising relations with Russia.

Burdzhanadze, who is now the leader of the
opposition Democratic Movement United Georgia, said, "After
the `rose revolution` [in November 2003] there were many
opportunities and resources for normalising Georgian-Russian
relations, which would have made it possible to solve vital
problems of Georgia."

Burdzhanadze and opposition leaders said
"Saakashvili is not going to leave the reigns in 2013" and
that "Saakashvili is going to stay in power not till 2013, but
till 2033".


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