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Georgian PM Says President Can Be Interrogated


Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili made a demand for President Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation one of his first major moves after winning elections in October, before backing away from that hard line.

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili made a demand for President Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation one of his first major moves after winning elections in October, before backing away from that hard line.

Georgia's prime minister has said fierce political rival President Mikheil Saakashvili is not exempted from interrogation "if prosecutors find it necessary."

Bidzina Ivanishvili, who was talking to journalists in Tbilisi, did not elaborate on his statement.

He said that in any democratic country presidents are accountable and Saakashvili is not excluded.

Ivanishvili’s statement comes three days after former Prime Minister Ivane Merabishvili and former Health Minister Zurab Chiaberashvili were arrested on May 21.

Merabishvili was ordered held in pretrial detention for two months before he faces a court on charges of embezzlement and abuse of office.

Chiaberashvili was freed on bail.

Several Saakashvili associates have been arrested and charged with wrongdoing since Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition won parliamentary elections in October.

Western officials have called on Ivanishvili's government to refrain from politically motivated indictments.

Based on reportinb by apsny.ge and Interfax
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