Tbilisi: Tens of thousands of people have thronged the streets of Georgia`s capital to show their opposition to President Mikhail Saakashvili, in the largest anti-government demonstration in three years.
The demonstration, which drew at least 40,000 people, was seen as a test of the opposition`s public support in Tbilisi ahead of a parliamentary election in October.
Today`s protest was organized by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who is Georgia`s richest man and leading philanthropist.
He made his entry into politics last October, announcing that he was forming a political party with the aim of winning the parliamentary vote and assuming the post of prime minister.
Saakashvili`s second and last presidential term ends in January 2013 and his future plans are unclear. He has not excluded becoming prime minister.