Opposition Tells Saakashvili to Resign

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia's opposition, in a rare show of unity, issued a joint declaration Thursday accusing President Mikheil Saakashvili of leading the country to "catastrophe" and demanding his resignation.

Saakashvili's opponents are trying to build on the political fallout from his military defeat to Russia in last year's war, but analysts say they lack clear direction or strong leadership.

The leaders of nearly dozen opposition parties signed a declaration calling on Saakashvili to quit and hold free and fair elections for president and parliament.

"Mikheil Saakashvili and his team, in their five years in power, have led the country to catastrophe," it read. "It is the patriotic duty of every Georgian citizen to do their best in the shortest period possible to change this government by all constitutional means."