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Saakashvili clings on as talks fail

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The Georgian opposition is trying to keep up pressure on the government following failed talks with four of its leaders on Monday. Demonstrations continued in the capital after the meeting broke up with the leaders making speeches to the crowd.

One of them, a former foreign minister of President Saakashvili’s, was pessimistic; “The outcome is that the talks were very open and very frank, but we clearly do not have the same appreciation of the crisis that exists in the country,” said Salome Zurabishvili. But one glance at the looks and body language at the meeting said it all. The opposition remains divided and unable to mobilise the masses; Saakashvili sails on, assailed on all sides, but still in power. “I have offered to set up on a parity basis a constitutional commission which will create a balanced constitutional model which will have room for a strong presidency and strong parliament for independent judiciary,” said the president on national TV. Georgia has been in political deadlock for a month and last week there was violence. If the opposition scales up roadblock tactics there are fears there could be worse to come.