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Presidential elections take place in Georgia

Two former foreign ministers in the Saakashvili government - Salome Zurabishvili and Grigol Vashadze have the greatest chances to lead Georgia
15:56, 28 October 2018
On Sunday, October 28, presidential elections are held in Georgia. Today's election will be special, they will be the last in which the president is selected by popular vote, Interfax reports.

A year ago, the parliament approved a new constitution, which turned Georgia into a parliamentary republic. This means that at the next election in 2024, the president of the country will be appointed by an electoral college consisting of 150 members of parliament and 150 representatives of local authorities. At the same time, his powers will be significantly reduced.

25 presidential candidates were registered by the Election Administration of Georgia. Among them are two former foreign ministers: the independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili, supported by the ruling  "Georgian Dream" party, and Grigol Vashadze - the candidate of the opposition association "Strength is in Unity" and the former ruling party "United National Movement". Both Zurabishvili and Vashadze headed the Georgian Foreign Ministry under Mikhail Saakashvili. Both former diplomats are favorites of the election. They are united by the lack of sympathy for Russia and the course towards rapprochement with the European Union and NATO.

Two former parliamentary speakers are fighting for the post of head of state: candidate from the European Georgia opposition party David Bakradze and candidate from the Free Democrats, leader of the political force for the Construction Movement David Usupashvili.

The current president of Georgia, Georgi Margvelashvili, did not nominate himself for a second term. The leader of the opposition party Democratic Movement, former chairman of parliament Nino Burjanadze, did not participate in the elections either.

3 518 877 citizens of Georgia over 18 years old have the right to vote. They can vote in Georgia and in 43 world countries. A total of 3,703 polling stations will operate.

Preliminary data of the Central Election Commission on the election results will appear on Monday night, October 29. To win in the first round of elections, the candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote.
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