Georgians head to polls to chose successor to President Saakashvili

TBILISI, Georgia, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Voters in Georgia went to the polls Sunday to elect a successor to President Mikhail Saakashvili, barred by law from seeking a third term.
Russia not ready to talk with Georgia

Russia not ready to talk with Georgia

MOSCOW, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday his government awaits regime change before it resumes relations with nearby Georgia.
TV hoax sparks panic in Georgia

TV hoax sparks panic in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia, March 15 (UPI) -- A fake TV report of a Russian military invasion sparked widespread panic in Georgia and puts the country's anti-Russian President Mikhail Saakashvili under pressure.

Biden: U.S. stands with Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia, July 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Georgian leaders Wednesday night the United States supports the European country and its democratic aspirations.

Protesters call on Saakashvili to resign

TBILISI, Georgia, May 26 (UPI) -- A protest march of thousands of members of the Georgian opposition has ended at the Tbilisi National Stadium, officials said.

Georgian protesters target Saakashvili

TBILISI, Georgia, April 11 (UPI) -- Opposition leaders said Saturday's protest in Tbilisi, Georgia, was intended to force President Mikhail Saakashvili to resign.
Georgians ask Saakashvili to resign

Georgians ask Saakashvili to resign

TBILISI, Georgia, April 9 (UPI) -- Thousands of Georgians attended a rally in Tbilisi Thursday demanding President Mikhail Saakashvili resign for failing to install reforms, reports said.

Rally calls for Saakashvili's resignation

TBILISI, Georgia, March 15 (UPI) -- Thousands of protesters gathered in Tbilisi Sunday to call for the resignation of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Nogaideli asks for early Georgian election

TBILISI, Georgia, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli said Saturday opposition leaders should push for a presidential election be held soon.

Report: Georgia may have staged attack

TBILISI, Georgia, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Leaked Polish documents suggest Georgia may have staged a supposed attack on a convoy carrying the Polish and Georgian presidents.

Georgia denies alleged war crimes

TBILISI, Georgia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili "strongly" denied accusations his country's forces committed war crimes during the August attack on South Ossetia.

Biden: U.S. fully supports Georgia

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden has told Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili the republic has the full support of the United States.
Russia sends forces into South Ossetia

Russia sends forces into South Ossetia

TSKHINVALI, Georgia, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- At least two dozen people were killed in fighting between Russian forces and Georgian military in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Russia sends forces into South Ossetia

TSKHINVALI , Georgia, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- At least two dozen people were killed in fighting between Russian forces and Georgian military in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Atlantic Eye: Tbilisi's European yearnings

LONDON, April 17 (UPI) -- Arriving in Tbilisi's modern airport still has some feel of arriving behind the Iron Curtain. The drive to the British ambassador's residence reminded me of driving in Azerbaijan -- large monuments line the wide boulevard into Georgia's capital. There the world begins to look different.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist
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Mikhail Saakashvili
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili smiles at members of the press as enters the room to be welcomed to Capitol Hill by Representative Henry Hyde, R-IL, on February 24, 2004 in Wasington..(UPI Photo/Michael Kleinfeld)

Mikheil Nikolozis dze Saak'ashvili (Georgian: მიხეილ ნიკოლოზის ძე სააკაშვილი, IPA: ; born 21 December 1967) is a Georgian politician, the third and current President of Georgia and leader of the United National Movement Party. Saakashvili became president on 25 January 2004 after President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned in a November 2003 bloodless "Rose Revolution" led by Saakashvili and his political allies, Nino Burjanadze and Zurab Zhvania. Saakashvili was re-elected in the early Georgian presidential election of 5 January 2008. He is widely regarded as a pro-Western leader who has spearheaded a series of political and economic reforms, but has been criticized for authoritarian tendencies and worsening human rights record in the country. Opposition parties have also accused him of rigging elections and using riot police to crush opposition rallies.

Some non-Georgian sources spell Saakashvili's first name via the Russian (Михаил Саакашвили) as Mikhail. In Georgia, he is commonly known as "Misha," a hypocorism for Mikheil.

He is married to Sandra E. Roelofs, of Dutch origin, and has two sons, Eduard and Nikoloz. Apart from his native Georgian, he speaks fluent English, French, Russian, and Ukrainian, and has some command of Ossetian and Spanish.

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