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Georgia: President To Meet Opposition Leaders

Tbilisi, 9 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Georgia's embattled President Eduard Shevardnadze (pictured) is to hold crisis talks with the opposition amid continuing street protests following the 2 November parliamentary election. A spokesman for the presidential press service said Shevardnadze will meet the opposition figures tonight. Earlier, the president talked with some of the protesters outside the parliament building, but they jeered, whistled, and called for his resignation.

Tonight's talks are expected to try to defuse the stand-off between the opposition and the authorities over the disputed parliamentary election.

Georgian Defense Minister David Tevzadze said today that the situation in Tbilisi is "practically out of control."