Friday, October 06, 2006

Georgia Election: Saakashvili Victorious

Although not all the votes have yet been counted, it’s by now clear that President Saakashvili has won a resounding victory in the Georgian local elections, which have in general been hailed as free and fair by international observers. In Tbilisi his National Movement took 66 per cent of the votes, and predictions nationwide are for a similar margin of victory. RFE/RL’s Robert Parsons has an analysis of the significance of the result, commenting

For Saakashvili, it’s a satisfying response to the attempts of the Russian government this week to drive a wedge between his government and the Georgian people.

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