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  • **FILE** Mikhail Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, speaks March 6, 2014, to a pro-Ukraine rally while walking through Dublin on his way to the convention center. Saakashvili arrived to participate in the European People's Party Congress. About 2,000 delegates gathered at Dublin to attend the congress. (Associated Press)

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  • Speaking at a televised news conference, he said most of the president's widely praised reforms were a joke and his ideology "was all based on lies."

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  • "It is clear from the preliminary results of the parliamentary election that the Georgian Dream coalition has secured a majority," Saakashvili said in a televised address. "This means that the parliamentary majority should form the next government and I, as president, within the framework of the constitution, will help make it possible for Parliament to begin its work, choose a speaker and also form a new government."

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