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Preliminary results of runoff election for president in Georgia and clashes in Marneuli
29 November, 2018
Preliminary results for runoff election for president in Georgia have been announced.

Preliminary results of runoff election for president in Georgia


According to the preliminary data of CEC, Central Election Committee of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili received 57 percent of total votes, that is 262 826 votes. Another presidential candidate Grigol Vashadze received 43 percent of votes that is 195 305 votes. According to the information by CEC results from 1181 voting booths are already counted out of 3705.

According to the
Central Election Commission, the turnout in the second round of presidential elections reached 56.23% (1 975 845 voters) across Georgia as of 20:00.
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Salome Zurabishvili, an independent endorsed by the ruling Georgian Dream Party

Ana Mikeladze, spokesperson for the Central Election Commission, says the data does not include the voters registered abroad.

The turnout was highest in Keda - 72,72%, and the lowest in Tsalka - 43,12%.

According to Ana Mikeladze, no essential violations have been reported on the election day. As she says, preliminary results of the presidential elections will presumably be known by 2:00 am.

Clashes in Marneuli


Physical confrontation has occurred between the supporters of Grigol Vashadze and law enforcers in the polling station No 49 in the village Imiri.

According to him, the law enforcers took away the election papers.

"Members of the commission called me and said that police took away the protocol. They were beaten after they lay down on the ground. About 200 police officers were beating them. Police took away the papers in order to change the results", said deputy head of Grigol Vashadze's election headquarters.

Mikheil Saakashvili urges society to mass disobedience


We are moving to mass disobedience from tomorrow, no matter what the results will be, - Mikheil Saakashvili says in his video address.

The ex-president noted that the Georgian society should realise the dangers and save Georgia.
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Ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

"We are moving to mass disobedience from tomorrow, no matter what the results will be. I call on the Georgian police and troops to stay away from the criminal mafia.

I urge you to save Georgia. We should stand together and think about the fate of Georgia in the coming days. I call for unity and we will definitely win", Saakashvili said.

He also called the presidential elections illegitimate in his video address. According to him, the population was not allowed to express their will.

"This dirty oligarch abused the law, constitution and election institution. What we saw today was not elections or democratic processes. We saw bribery, wounding and beating of activists. All this is not democracy. All this was not free expression of people’s will. These were not legitimate elections. I call on the Georgian society not to recognize the election results”, Mikheil Saakashvili said.

Salome Zurabishvili urges society to dialogue


Our choice is dialogue with those who did not vote for us today, - said Salome Zurabishvili, presidential candidate supported by the ruling party.

According to her, the Georgian people chose today a country of peaceful, free and equal citizens.
"Our choice is peaceful Georgia, a country of free and equal citizens. Our choice is dialogue with those who did not vote for us today. We are all citizens of one small country. We live together and we must live together in the future too," Zurabishvili said.

According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research and Gallup, Salome Zurabishvili, presidential candidate supported by the ruling party, is winning the second round of presidential elections.

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