Pouting Power: Georgian Dream Will Abandon Presidential Runoff if Results "Disappoint" PM
Ending a political career is apparently the latest thing in Georgia. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanshvili wants to quit; President Mikheil Saakashvili has to quit; lead presidential candidate Giorgi Margvelashvili says he may quit.
On October 17, Prime Minister Ivanishvili, informed another lecture-cum-press-conference that if his favorite, the 44-year-old Margvelashvili, a former education minister, fails to get 60 percent of the vote in Georgia’s October 27 presidential vote, and a runoff is necessary, then Margvelashvili should bow out of the race.
Under election law, a runoff occurs if the top candidate does not secure more than 50 percent of the vote. But to Ivanishvili,not known for his love of criticism, less-than-60-percent of the vote for his presidential protegé would be a sign that Georgian society did not appreciate the so-called tireless work he and his Georgian Dream team have been doing for the last year in office.
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