Giorgi Margvelashvili is leading in Georgian presidential election
According to preliminary figures, the candidate form the party Georgian Dream Giorgi Margvelashvili became the president of the country as a result of the elections, completed in Georgia.
According to the data of two exit polls conducted in the country, Margvelashvili took the first place, having collected between 66.7 and 68 percent of votes. His rival from the former ruling party – the United National Movement – Davit Bakradze was at the second place with between 17.1 and 22 percent. Bakradze recognized his defeat and congratulated the candidate from the Georgian Dream with the victory.
"Everyone in the party understands that this is not the final data, that there will be changes in the percentages, but the picture is clear already," said Bakradze.
The candidate from the party Democratic Movement-United Georgia and the former head of the Georgian parliament Nino Burjanadze was at the third place with 9.9 percent. Then followed the leader of Labor party Shalva Natelashvili with 2.3 percent and the leader of the Christian-Democratic Movement Giorgi Targamadze with 1 percent of votes.
Mikheil Saakashvili, who formally is still an active president of Georgia, has also recognized the victory of Margvelashvili.
"The elections took place in Georgia and the country has elected a new president. I want to address all those, who are not satisfied with the results: we must respect the opinion of the majority," said Saakashvili in the television address.
According to the official data of the central election committee the voter turnout amounted to 46.6 percent, while 1,648,662 voters participated in the elections. There were 3,537,719 voters registered in Georgia before the elections.