Georgia gets its first female head of state. The former foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili won significantly the runoff before Grigol Vashadze. As the election Commission in Tbilisi told in the night, after the evaluation of 99 percent of the ballots, the 66-Year-old, 59.6 percent of the vote. Your competitor came in at 40.4 percent.

“The country has today taken a decision in principle. We all said finally and decided no to the past,” said Zourabichvili, according to the Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2. She wanted now to seek dialogue with those who you would not choose.

The exiled head of the opposition Alliance and former head of state Mikhail Saakashvili raised allegations of manipulation. At the time of the vote there had been fraud in the mass election, said Saakashvili. “I urge the Georgians to defend our freedom, democracy and the law,” said Saakashvili.

Test for democracy

International election observers had seen on the first vote and hardly any defects. “In these elections, Georgia has shown the maturity of its democracy,” said the organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The election was considered as a Test for the democratic legitimacy of the Caucasus nation, which aspires to membership of the EU. The head of state in Georgia is a largely ceremonial role.

Both candidates once served under Saakashvili as the Minister of foreign Affairs. The 66-year-old Zourabichvili counted later, but his sharpest critics. The candidate is the daughter of Georgians, had fled in 1921 to Paris. Zourabichvili worked as a diplomat for the French foreign service, and represented France as an Ambassador in Tbilisi, before moving into the Georgian politics.

The Opposition had accused the government prior to the election, voter intimidation. Zourabichvili claimed, in turn, they and their children had received death threats from people from the environment of the opposition Alliance.

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