Georgian soldiers patrol a street in central in Tbilisi on November 8, 2007. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced that presidential elections and a referendum on moving up parliamentary elections will be held on January 5, 2008. The previous day he imposed a 15-day state of emergency after clashes between police and anti-government protesters. Saakashvili accuses Russia of backing the rallies. The opposition and its supporters requested holding parliamentary elections in the spring. According to analysts, it will only be possible to hold the elections in early January if the president resigns.