the caucasus republic of georgia turns a political page this sunday with a presidential election that will mark the end of a chapter under outgoing reformist president mikheil saakashvili. the front-runner is philosopher georgy margvelashvili, 44, a confidant of prime minister bidzina ivanishvili, whose georgian dream coalition ousted saakashvili's cabinet in a parliamentary election last year.
the eu says the elections in georgia show that democracy is strengthening in the former soviet republic. international observers have also given the presidential poll a clean bill of health, saying it was largely free and fair.
the former president of georgia and former soviet foreign minister, eduard shevardnadze has been buried in tbilisi. the funeral of the 86-year-old who died last monday after a a long illness was attended by close relatives as well as international delegates.
the tension in kyiv showed how it can cross borders when a fight broke out in the georgian parliament. soso jachviani of the ruling dream party lashed out, kicking giorgi baramidze an opposition lawmaker during a debate in which he called for parliament to show support for the opposition in ukraine.
georgia inaugurated a new president on sunday. 44-year-old philosopher and former university rector giorgi margvelashvili has pledged to strengthen the former soviet republic's ties with the west and maintain its commitment to nato. his inauguration brings to an end the near decade-long presidency of mikhail saakashvili, who aligned the black sea nation with the united states and put it on the path towards integration with the european union.
eduard shevardnadze, a groundbreaking soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent georgia, died monday at the age of 86, his spokeswoman said. marina davitashvili said shevardnadze died after a long illness. she did not say where he died. shevardnadze swept heroically across the international stage in the final years of the soviet empire, helping topple the berlin wall and end the cold war, but as the leader of post-soviet georgia his career in the public eye ended in humiliation and he was chased out of his parliament and forced into retirement.
initial results suggest that georgy margvelashvili has achieved a landslide win in georgia's presidential election, securing 63 percent of the vote.
georgia awaits a new political era after giorgi margvelashvili won last weekend's presidential elections. he takes over on november 17.
georgia has been voting for a new president after mikheil saakashvili's decade in power. the pro us leader has served his two terms and now stands down.
in georgia presidential candidates have held their final rallies ahead of the run-off on sunday. the election marks the end of the nine-year rule of mikhail saakashvili, who cannot by law run for a third term.
a georgian court has jailed a former prime minister for five years for corruption. vano merabishvili was convicted of abuse of power and other crimes. he served as prime minister of the former soviet republic for less than four months in 2012.
georgians are heading to the polls to elect a new president, bringing an end to mikhail saakashvili's nine year rule. he is ineligible to run for a third term. among the twenty-three hopefuls, the frontrunner is giorgi margvelashvili - a member of the current prime minister's georgian dream party.
the polls have opened in georgia as the country votes for a new president and prepares for constitutional changes. the ballot marks a shift in power from the presidency to the government and parliament. it also brings to an end the decade-long rule of pro-western president mikheil saakashvili who is ineligible to run for a third term. he is credited by many with bringing democracy to the country.
georgia's foreign minister quit on wednesday and one of six parties in the ruling coalition pulled out, depriving it of a parliamentary majority in a rift over the pace of integration with the west. foreign minister maya panjikidze, who cited threats to georgia's pro-western course, and a junior minister resigned following the dismissal of the former soviet republic's pro-western defence minister by prime minister irakly garibashvili.