Saakashvili renews offer to cooperate with opponents
( dpa ) - Embattled Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili renewed his offer to the opposition Saturday to cooperate with them in helping the country to further develop its democracy.
In remarks a day before further mass protests against his re- election as president on January 5, Saakashvili said he was extending his hand to his opponents in seeking cooperation.
"We are ready to allow the opposition have a say in all the important state processes," he said in remarks carried by the Russian agency Interfax.
Saakashvili also announced that incumbent premier Lado Gurgenidse is to continue as head of government.
On Sunday, upwards of 100,000 people were expected to converge on central Tblisi to protest against the results from the January 5 elections, with opponents accusing him of election fraud and demanding a new round of voting.
Last Sunday, a day after the elections, Saakashvili was declared the winner by the state election commission even though the vote count was incomplete.
Saakashvili is to be sworn in to a new term of office either on January 20 or 21.