A little bit more about Salome Zourabichvili's personality
29 November, 2018
A little bit more about Salome Zourabichvili's personality
Yesterday Georgia elected Salome Zourabichvili as its first female president. The fifth president of Georgia was born, grew up and spent most of her life in Paris. The granddaughter of political refugees who fled Georgia in 1921, she worked for many years in the French diplomatic corps.

Natela Machavariani is a close friend of Salome Zourabichvili. She is a mother of one of the boys of the “Jeans Generation” Gega Kobakhidze. They were six boys and a girl tried to hijack a plane
in order to escape the USSR. The Youngsters were from elite Georgian families, lacking nothing but freedom. They risked their own lives along with the passengers’ to experience freedom.
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Salome Zourabichvili, the fifth president of Georgia

However, their attempt to escape did not succeed and they were caught. They were sentenced to death for their attempt to escape the USSR. Even today, there is a big debate about their action. Some consider it was an act of terrorism, others claim the government knew about their plan and let inexperienced, naïve youngsters fail and die. Gega Kobakhidze was newly married at that time and his wife’s imprisonment led to her miscarriage.

Natela Machavariani thinks that Salome Zourabichvili is a very strong person, a great mother and a devoted friend.She points out that Salome’s children who grew up abroad retained Georgian culture, history, and language. Her children Teimuraz Gorjestani works as a diplomat for the United Nations mission in New York, the US and Ketevan Gorjestani is a journalist at one of the French-English TV companies in Paris, France.
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Salome Zourabichvili and her children Teimuraz and ketevan Gorjestani

Apart from being a diplomat, Natela characterizes Salome as a great cook and a very hospitable person. She can cook various Georgian traditional dishes such as Khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), Satsivi (walnut sauce or Easter cake. Salome loves to keep things in order and always tries to look stylish. Besides, she tends to stick to her principles.

Yesterday on the 29th of November, the second round of the presidential election took place in Georgia. The first round of the election occurred on the 28th of October. It is the last election in which the president was selected by the electorate. After that, presidents will be picked by an electoral college of 300 lawmakers and regional officials.

100 % of the ballot from 3705 polling stations has been counted. According to the CEC, Central Election Committee of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili won the run-off vote for Georgia's presidency with the 59,52% percent of the ballot. She was an independent candidate backed by the ruling party Georgian Dream. The other candidate Grigol Vashadze from an opposition coalition took 40.48%.

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