Mass protests to press President Mikhail Saakashvili, seen in poster, to step down and call new elections.

TBILISI, April 24

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and his government will succumb to pressure to quit in several days, the country’s former foreign minister and an opposition leader said on Friday.

Protesters in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, have been on the streets since April 9 demanding the president’s resignation.

"Saakashvili’s regime has several days left. They will not be able to withstand the pressure from the people any longer," said Salome Zurabishvili, who heads the Georgia’s Way opposition party.

The opposition leader said in her speech that "the nerves of Saakashvili and [Interior Minister Vano] Merabishvili were severely frayed" by the ongoing protests.

"We will not take a single step backwards," Zurabishvili added.

Saakashvili, a U.S.-educated lawyer who came to power on the back of 2003 street protests, has been criticized for his authoritarian leadership and for dragging the country into a disastrous war with Russia last August, which resulted in the permanent loss of two separatist provinces.

The opposition has built wooden jail cells on Tbilisi’s central street to symbolize the country’s descent into a police state, and thousands of new supporters arrived in the capital from provinces late on Wednesday. Police have not attempted to disperse the rallies.

Source: RIA Novosti