He calls Putin unpredictable, accuses Russia of kidnapping, but many consider it “pro-Russian.”
On November 29, the first female president in history was elected in Georgia. At the end of the second round of elections, independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili, supported by the Georgian Dream party of power, received 59.52% of the vote. Her opponent from Mikhail Saakashvili’s opposition party United National Movement Grigol Vashadze gained 40.48%. Turnout was 56.23%. The loser candidate did not recognize the results .
- In the first round, the turnout was lower and amounted to 46.74%. The media cite several reasons for the growth of interest among voters. Among them are the administrative resource, the abundance of “black PR”, propaganda “against the return of the criminal regime of Saakashvili” and the promise of theauthorities to write off debts. The opposition reported irregularities during the voting – an analysis of the second round from Radio Liberty ;
- Zurabishvili won the last direct election in Georgia. Next time, after six years, the president will be chosen by a college of 300 people. Already, the position of head of state is quite symbolic, and the main power is concentrated in the hands of the prime minister. This is due to the fact that Georgia is becoming a parliamentary republic – analysis of changes from the Russian service of BBC ;
- The new Georgian president is criticized for his poor understanding of the country’s problems. She was born in Paris, studied in France and the USA, and then began her career at the French Foreign Ministry. In 2003-2004, Zurabishvili worked as French ambassador to Georgia. Salome understands Russian, and also speaks Georgian and French, but cannot read quickly in Georgian – a biography of a policy from Vedomosti ;
- According to Russian media, should Vashadze win, Georgia would become a “serious irritant” for the Kremlin. An opposition candidate openly criticized Moscow and planned to return Saakashvili to Georgia. Although Zurabishvili plans to lead the country to NATO and the European Union, many are considered “pro-Russian”. For example, because of the position on the Georgian-Russian war, experts from Georgia explained in detail its position to Novaya Gazeta ;
- About Putin Zurabishvili speaks out carefully: speaks of his unpredictability, but is ready for dialogue. At the same time, Salome postpones cooperation with Moscow: “I don’t think that as long as Russia behaves as it is now, taking into account what is happening on the line of occupation where people are abducted, this line is moving inland, closer to Tbilisi. .. Taking into account how Russia is behaving in relation to Ukraine now, I don’t think that all this means that we can start cooperating right now ”- an interview with Zourabichvili Bi-bi-si after the victory ;
- Russian officials greeted Zurabishvili’s victory and called her an “experienced and pragmatic” politician. But in Georgia, not everyone agrees with such results. “The election results show that Georgian society is divided almost in two. If you do not take into account the part of voters who voted for Salome for money or because of intimidation, or for 5 kilograms of potatoes, it turns out that the ratio of supporters of the two main political forces is approximately equal “, – the opinion of the publicist” Georgia Online ” about the minuses the election of Zurabishvili ;