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Georgian President Proposes Cohabitation Talks With PM

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili speaks in Tbilisi on February 8, after being forced to deliver his address from the presidential residence because protesters prevented access to the the National Library.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said he is prepared for immedate talks with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and the government regarding "constitutional changes and other issues affecting the development of the country."

Saakashvili, in a statement posted on his Facebook account, proposed convening the talks on February 11.

On February 9, Ivanishvili expressed his "willingness" to cooperate with the president "in accordance with the constitution and the rule of law."

Last week, parliament postponed a presidential address because of an ongoing debate over the president's power to dismiss the government without parliament's approval.

Saakashvili gave the speech on February 8 from the presidential residence after protesters prevented him from delivering it at the National Library.

Saakashvili's second term as president expires in October.

Based on reporting by AP, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS