Georgia: Giorgi Margvelashvili Appears to Win Presidential Vote
In a widely expected result, preliminary data shows that
44-year-old Giorgi Margvelashvili, a former education minister under Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream coalition, appears to have won election in Georgia’s October 27 presidential vote.
With 99.68 percent of the ballots counted, preliminary results from the Georgian Central Election Commission gave Margvelashvili 62.12 percent of the vote, followed by 21.72 percent for Davit Bakradze, a former parliamentary speaker for outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement. Nino Burjanadze, a onetime Saakashvili ally and former parliamentary speaker, trailed in third place with 10.18 percent of the vote.
None of the other 20 candidates received more than five percent of the vote; the closest was populist Labor Party leader Shalva Natelashvili, a recurring presidential candidate, who stood at 2.88 percent.
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