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Georgian lawmakers set simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections for 2008

Georgian lawmakers set simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections for 2008

Lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that envisages holding simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections in 2008.
Parliament voted 167-10 to hold the vote in October or November 2008.
Opposition lawmakers criticized the move as an attempt by President Mikhail Saakashvili to help his allies retain control of the legislature. Saakashvili's five-year term expires in January 2009 and the parliament's four-year tenure was supposed to end in April 2008.
Saakashvili proposed holding the two votes simultaneously as a cost-saving measure, but his foes alleged that the move was part of political maneuvering.
"The president is trying to preserve the parliamentary majority that has been losing public support," said Kakha Kukava, leader of opposition Democratic Front faction, which opposed the move.
Saakashvili, who pledged to bring Georgia's separatist provinces back into the fold and join NATO in 2008, has remained popular in the ex-Soviet Caucasus nation.


Updated : 2021-03-06 19:26 GMT+08:00