Opposition leaders in Georgia have vowed to go on a hunger strike after the country's election committee declared Mikheil Saakashvili the winner of last week's presidential election. The Independent reports that Saakashvili won 52% of the ballots, and although international observers have said the voting was largely fair, the opposition insists the polls were rigged and is demanding a second round of voting.
"We won the election, but the results have been falsified," said Levan Gachechiladze, who finished second with about 25% of the vote. Though his brother and supporters have pledged a hunger strike, Gachechiladze rescinded his vow, and public support for protests seems to be dissipating. Meanwhile, Saakashvili is focusing on his inauguration and repairing relations with Russia.