Who was the President of Georgia in 2009?
Mikheil Saakashvili was the President of Georgia in 2009.
He became the 3rd President of Georgia in the aftermath of the
bloodless Rose Revolution where previous president Eduard
Shevardnadze was forced to resign. After receiving 96% of the vote,
he took over from acting president Nino Burjanadze on 2004 January
25. Anti-government demonstrations forced him to call early
elections for the January of 2008, where he was again re-elected.
Burjanadze was again called to be acting president from 2007
November 25 until 2008 January 20. Conflict broke out that year
with Russia in the South Ossetia war of 2008. Tensions remain high
in this area. Lately, Saakashvili has also been troubled with
protests against the government, and waning public support.