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Date Set For Georgia's Presidential Poll

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili

Georgia's president has set October 31 as the date for the country's next presidential election.

The presidential press service mistakenly said earlier on July 1 that Mikheil Saakashvili had signed the order to hold the presidential poll on the last Sunday of October, but later corrected the date to the last day of October.

Saakashvili will not seek another term in office as he is finishing his second presidential term.

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said last week he did "not exclude" the possibility Saakashvili could be arrested after leaving office.

Several Saakashvili allies have been charged with crimes since Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition won parliamentary elections in October.

The Georgian Dream coalition nominated Education Minister Giorgi Margvelashvili as its presidential candidate in May.

Last month, former Georgian parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze joined the race.

The opposition Labor Party nominated Shalva Natelashvili as its candidate in March.

Based on reporting by and ITAR-TASS