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GEORGIAN AUTHORITIES INVITE OPPOSITION TO DIALOGUE, OPPOSITION CALLS POPULATION FOR RALLY

AZERTAJ TBILISI-BASED CORRESPONDENT REPORTS ON SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY

Results of the votes counting in 2734 polling stations in the Georgian Parliamentary elections, according to experts, will not lead to serious changes. On the preliminary data, pro-governmental bloc “For New Georgia” is still in the lead. Meanwhile, the meeting organized by the radical wing of the opposition has been continuing for six days. To weaken the tense, the authorities attempted to meet again with the opposition leaders on November 12. The latter however, have ignored the invitation. Today, two slogans are mainly draw attention: “Long live Georgia,” and “Resignation of Shevardnadze”.

One of the “Burdzhanadze - democrats” leaders Georgi Baramidze said the opposition was not going to make concessions to the authorities, and that if the latter does not agree their demands, the rally will continue for two-three weeks. Leader of the “Nationalistic movement” Mikhail Saakashvili stated that they would go for negotiations only if Eduard Shevardnadze recognizes the pro-governmental bloc “For New Georgia.” ’s defeat in the elections. Chairman of the Central Election Committee Nana Devdariani strongly adheres to the opinion that the elections can be considered valid, and that there is no the need for reelection.

Experts say the meetings have paralyzed the country’s economy leading to increase in bread prices and fall in exchange of the Georgian national currency lari.

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