“I sincerely congratulate Salome Zurabishvili with the victory on the presidential elections in Georgia. I wish you success in serving for Georgia for the sake of the democratic European development of the country and consolidation of the community,” Poroshenko wrote.
He also added that he was convinced in further enhancement of the strategic partnership between Ukraine and Georgia.
Salome Zurabishvili is a daughter of the Georgian migrants; she was born in France. She possesses both French and Georgian citizenships, however, she refused from the French passport. She worked at the French Foreign Ministry from 1974 and she was the Ambassador in Tbilisi. Mikhail Saakashvili who occupied the post of the president at that moment invited her to head the foreign ministry.
Grigol Vashadze, the underdog opponent, is considered to be an ally of Saakashvili. He has been living in Russia for a long time and had Russian citizenship but returned to his homeland. The loss of Vashadze puts the kibosh on the pardoning of ex-president of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili, who lives in the Netherlands at the moment. He is accused of different corruption crimes in Georgia.
In 2017, the Georgian Parliament approved a new Constitution that turned Georgia into a parliamentarian republic. It means the president's powers would be considerably limited. The 2024 presidential election will be assigned by the election committee shaped of 300 officials.