New Georgian president elected

09:40, 29 November 2018
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The information is published on an official webpage of the Committee, according to Georgian Journal.

Grigol Vashadze, a candidate from the main opposition party United National Movement or UNM received 40.39% of votes. 

According to the CEC, votes from 3,648 voting booths have already been counted out of 3,705, or 98.76% of the voting booths.

Salome Zurabishvili (born March, 18, 1952) is a French-born Georgian politician, from 2004 to 2005 Foreign Minister of Georgia, and former ambassador in the French service. She is the first woman to hold top office in the country.

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Zurabishvili has said she favors balancing Georgia's relations with Russia and the West. Mr Vashadze - who was foreign minister during the 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia - was seen as more pro-Western, according to the BBC.

The runoff vote was the last time a president will be directly elected in Georgia, which is switching to parliamentary governance following constitutional reforms adopted last year, despite opposition protests.

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