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Georgian opposition leader withdraws calls for president to resign

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Georgian opposition leader withdraws calls for president to resign

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Georgia’s opposition may have won the general election but celebrations for some of its supporters appear to have got out of hand.

Georgian Dream coalition demonstrators have stormed several count centres in constituencies where candidate from the ruling party were expected to win.

The ruling United National Movement accused them of trying to intimidate electoral staff while protesters claimed irregularities were taking place.

It came just hours after the election winner, Bidzina Ivanishvili backtracked on his plea for the president to resign.

Earlier the speaker of Georgia’s parliament said the call had been unlawful as the constitution requires the president to help assist in the formation of a new government.

Mikheil Saakashvili has not commented but his closest allies say he will see out his final term, which ends next year, setting up an awkward period of cohabitation.