The first round of presidential election in Georgia took place on Sunday, October 28.
The struggle goes on between Grigol Vashadze and Salome Zurabishvili. Both support the pro-European and pro-NATO vectors, standing against Russia. Actually, there were 25 candidates; however, long time before the voting took place it became obvious that only these two will actually struggle for the office.
Zurabishvili is an independent candidate who enjoys the support of Georgian Dream political party; Vashadze represents the opposition party Force In Unity. Both served as foreign ministers during the rule of President Mikheil Saakashvili.
In 2017, the Georgian Parliament approved a new Constitution that turned Georgia into a parliamentarian republic. It means the president's powers will be considerably limited. The 2024 presidential election will be assigned by the election committee shaped of 300 officials.
It's the first time that Georgians elect their leader by the general direct voting.
Various exit polls provide different results of the first round vote; the Georgian Dream-ordered poll features 52.3 percent of votes for Zurabishvili, with Vashadze enjoying 28.1 percent. The poll ordered by European Georgia political force states that Zurabishvili claimed 37 percent of votes, and Vashadze got 34.
As of 9 a.m., 99.57 percent of bulletins are processed after the first round. Zurabishvili claimed 38.66 percent of votes; Vashadze has 37.7 percent.