Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze opened on Saturday the first session of the country's new parliament.
"Let me congratulate you on the credence our people have given you. I announce this session open," said Shevardnadze speaking to the new MPs.
The national anthem was played after that, and the Georgian leader asked the oldest MP, 72-year-old Boris Salaridze, to take the seat of the parliament's speaker.
Shortly after that, the course of the session was disrupted when about 20 deputies of the opposition bloc "Saakashvili - National Movement" broke in and demanded Shevardnadze's resignation.
Currently, the guards and the MPs of the pro-President "Revival" bloc are trying to remove representatives of the opposition from the hall.