"Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia”
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The end of Saakashvili’s reign
GEORGIA’S presidential election on October 27th was at once momentous and also rather unexciting. Momentous, because the vote marked the end of the nearly decade-long rule of Mikheil Saakashvili, the outgoing president, and of the country’s presidential system itself. In a switch put in motion by Mr Saakashvili in 2010, the inauguration of his successor will see Georgia switch to a parliamentary system in which much of the power is held by the prime minister.
Georgian Voters Duped by Empty Promises
Georgian Dream party candidate Giorgi Margvelashvili won the country's presidential election Sunday. That came as no surprise, considering that the "Dreamers" had already managed to jail every prominent opposition candidate such as Vano Merabishvili, the former interior and state security minister who turned Georgia's crime-ridden country into a sparkling new state ruled by law and order.
EU urges Georgia not to jail Saakashvili
The EU has urged Georgia not to prosecute its outgoing President, Mikheil Saakashvili, on the eve of an EU summit.
Georgia Picks a New President
On Sunday, October 27, Georgians voted to elect their new President. Georgy Margvelashvili won handily with 62 percent of the vote making him the third President since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the first President to win through the ballot box. As many Georgians have questioned the logic to isolate themselves from such a powerful neighbor, Margvelashvili will seek to ease tensions between Russia and Georgia, while maintaining close relations with Europe.
So Long, Saakashvili
Georgia's reputation for charm has long preceded it. Travelling in the Soviet Union in 1947, the writer John Steinbeck heard Russians repeatedly evoke the “magical name of Georgia.” “They spoke of Georgians as supermen, as great drinkers, great dancers, great musicians, great workers and lovers,” Steinbeck wrote at the time.
The end of An Era In Georgia
The presidential election in Georgia on Oct. 27 ended a decade of pro-Western Mikheil Saakashvili’s tenure. According to the Georgian constitution, presidents can serve only two terms. Saakashvili had been in office since 2004 and was forced to transfer his powers. Although he earlier toyed with the Putin-Medvedev model, creating an all-powerful prime minister, his chances of staging a comeback to the parliament are far too slim.
Can opposition parties survive in Georgia? Post-election report
[Joshua Tucker: Continuing our series of Election Reports, we are pleased to welcome the following post-election report on the 2013 Georgian presidential election from Queens College CUNY political scientist Julie A. George the author of The Politics of Ethnic Separatism in Georgia and Russia. Our pre-election report on the 2013 Georgian presidential election can be found here.]
Democracy's Test in Georgia
Giorgi Margvelashvili’s victory in Georgia’s presidential election Sunday was the voters’ latest rejection of Mikheil Saakashvili, the leader of the 2003 Rose Revolution. Last October, Mr. Saakashvili’s opponents won control of Parliament and the prime minister’s office. Now one of their candidates will succeed him in the presidency as well.
Georgian Dream’ Comes True
The presidential election in Georgia is not only significant for the Georgians, but also for its neighbors in Armenia and the entire region.
Georgian Dream is a political coalition put together by the Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili to unseat President Saakashvili and his United National party ruling for the last 10 years.