RIA Novosti, the Russian news agency, reports that Georgia's opposition Labour party has laid down a challenge to President Saakashvilli to call an early election. It's leader, Shalva Natelashvili, has been nominated to contest a poll should it be called.
The Georgian president insists that there will not be a presidential election until 2013. But increasingly his people are demanding to have their say on his decision to lead them into needless war with Russia last summer. Previously he has reacted to opposition protests with repression. It will be interesting to see what his government's response is this time.