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  • Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili speaks during a security council meeting in Tbilisi on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Irakli Gedenidze, Pool)

    Rivals see Putin in Georgian president's election ploy

    Political opponents are accusing Georgia's president of trying to "play Putin" for seeking to become prime minister because of term limits barring his candidacy in next year's election — a ploy exploited by Russia's former and current president, Vladimir Putin.

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  • "It was a constant accusation against Ivanishvili and other political leaders that they are agents of Russia, that they are agents of Putin," he said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "This whole ideological construction has failed."

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  • Mr. Saakashvili's political scare tactics failed to sway voters, said Iago Kachkachishvili, a professor of sociology at Tbilisi State University who conducted opinion surveys during the campaign.

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