Early presidential elections in Georgia have been set for January 4, 2004. Such decision was taken on Tuesday at a session of the Georgian Parliament of the 1999 convocation.
In line with the law on elections, presidential hopefuls should submit their documents to the Central Election Commission no later than forty days before the polling day. Thus, tomorrow, November 26, is the last day for joining the presidential race.
On Thursday the parliament of Georgia will gather for its session again to pass amendments to the law on elections, which will make it possible to hold the presidential elections on January 4.
At today's session MPs have also confirmed the authority of Vice-Speaker Georgy Tsereteli as acting speaker of the Georgian parliament.
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