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Saakashvili Vows Peaceful Transfer After Meeting With Ivanishvili

Mikheil Saakashvili, Bidzina Ivanishvili Hold First Meetingi
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October 09, 2012
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgian Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili held their first meeting after Saakashvili's ruling party was defeated by Ivanishvili's coalition in parliamentary elections on October 1. (Reuters)
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By RFE/RL
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said the transition of power to Georgia's new government will be peaceful in an effort to further ease fears ratcheted up ahead of this month's national elections.

Saakashvili made his statement after meeting with Georgian Dream coalition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili on October 9, the first such meeting since Ivanishvili's coalition won at least 83 seats in the 150-member parliament in elections on October 1.

"As the president. who is a guarantor of the constitution, I will ensure that the transition of power takes place flawlessly, it takes place in a way that has never happened before in the history of Georgia, that it takes place in the full observance of the interests of the Georgian people, takes place so that the political processes are maintained in the democratic frameworks of the country," Saakashvili said.

The two must work together despite bitter campaign charges and countercharges, as Ivanishvili is expected to become prime minister and Saakashvili's second and final term as president ends after an election a year from now.

Ivanishvili, who unveiled candidates for his cabinet earlier this week, said the meeting "serves to show that we are a cultured nation, we start a new life, and we always treat our opponents with dignity."

Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who campaigned on intentions to improve soured relations with Russia, said after the talks with Saakashvili that his positions on Georgia's foreign policy coincide with Saakashvili's.

"We discussed foreign policy, other issues, and our points of views, and so on," Ivanishvili said. "We have a common opinion on foreign policy, which our both sides stated before. Europe and Euro-Atlantic space is an essence of our strategy and there will be continuation of the course of the previous government. We would strive towards Europe and Georgia will become the NATO member country in the nearest future."

The poll's results have yet to be finalized due to complaints of vote rigging.

During the campaign, Ivanishvili criticized Saakashvili for social and economic problems in Georgia and made public his intention to run for president next year, when Saakashvili's second term officially ends.

Saakashvili, in turn, has accused Ivanishvili of having excessively close relations with Russia, where Ivanishvili earned much of his wealth.

Georgia's ties with neighboring Russia were badly damaged by a brief war over Georgia's Russian-backed separatist region of South Ossetia in 2008.

 
With reporting by Reuters, newsgeorgia.ru, and Interfax
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by: Data Tutashkhia from: Gori
October 09, 2012 14:02
I`m calm,I`m calm,I`m so so calm,now that I will have to pay for all neckties I eat,as soon as I find out my AK 47, I`ll show you how calm I am.Vakhtang,shame on you ,why arent my boots shining??? I`ll #~@@)*^%_$$ you as well!!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 12, 2012 03:58
You can't be "Data Tutashkhia from Gori",
If you mocking Georgia by new Russian invasion,
You must be false "Tutoshkina" data from "Moskovis Hori".
To who promiss you cut-throat neckties - new genocidation?

Eugenio is echoing you - he loves expand-genocide Russia,
Althought Moscow hopes lately less than total "Ivanization",
It still, like Eugenio, plans next year mass vengance,
Devide CIS-East-Europe with Austria-Prussia.



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by: Edward Shervanzadegh from: Lubyanka
October 12, 2012 14:22
Dearest Konstanteen.,I`m just quoting the words of Aakashviladzebefore his calm transfer of power to Bidzinashviladze.Of course I`m not Data,I`m Koba from Bechtel or Berya from NKVD,depending on whether you took your pills or not.And the necktie eating is the oldest Gergian custom which means St.Georgians are the oldest and greatest civilization in the world,just as Koba and Berya are the crowns of creation.I`m glad you are not a dummy ,but a true georgian in mind and spirit!!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 17, 2012 21:20
If you know so much, you must be as you call yourself,
Otherwise your irony, smearing Stalin and Georgians,
Knowing so much about me and persecuting me hell,
You are Russia or mentally broken by it Lavrusha,
I even don't mention you pin on him the 1936-37.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 10, 2012 19:24
I can imagine that spirits in the team of Mischa are pretty low: they are kind of trying to figure out what country would still offer them a political asylum once Mischa has been removed from power the next year :-))).
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by: Adolf Shiklgruber from: The Eastern Reich
October 12, 2012 14:27
Aaagh,Eugenio,of course it will be Austria,meine kleine wunder liebling and we all are sure you personally will welcome him in your tent,log cabin or under the big bridge on the wonderful Blue Danube!!!

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