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Saakashvili said he wouldn’t run for President any more2010-03-02 13:02
Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, said he wouldn't run for President after 2013, the year of expiration of his presidential term.gt-en-newsitem-inside
In his interview with Kommersant Vlast [Russian weekly], published yesterday, when asked what would change in Russian-Georgian relations before 2013, bearing in mind that the present-day Russian leaders refuse to deal with the present-day Georgian government, he replied: " Who said them the present-day government of Georgia would exist only up to 2013?"
"Yes, I won't run for President again. But in doesn't mean the ideology I represent won't be the priority for Georgian population further. There will be no Saakashvili, then there will be somebody else. But the course will be the same," he said.
When asked what he intends to do after 2013 and whether he has plans to turn Georgia into a parliamentary republic, the Geogia leader responded: "The worst thing I can do is to adjust Constitution to me."
"I believe that Georgia must have a strong presidential power. Besides, any person anyways has own resource. In 2013 I guess I'll more or less ran out of my resource as a country leader. Maybe, it several years it will restore. I don't know," he said.
"I don't think Georgia will be a parliamentary republic. We face so many challenges now. Reforms we conducted demanded certain concentration of authority do not let some small group block serious reforms. But every power must be balanced by free press and other institutions. Without that, no free country can be," Saakashvili said.