Several Georgian news agencies quoted "trustworthy sources in
the parliament" as saying on Wednesday that President Mikhail
Saakashvili would resign on Monday to pave way for the scheduled
presidential elections in January next year.
This is the last day when he should step down under law for the
pre-term presidential election to be held on Jan. 5 as was
announced, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
There have been no official comments so far.
Under Georgian laws, an election has to be held not later than
45 days and not earlier than 40 days after the early resignation of
the president. Therefore, for the declared elections to take place
on Jan. 5, 2008, the incumbent president has to resign between Nov.
21 and Nov. 25.
Earlier, Saakashvili antedated the presidential elections from
autumn to Jan. 5.
(Xinhua News Agency November 22, 2007)