TBILISI, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- President Mikhail Saakashvili on Tuesday conceded his ruling party's defeat in Georgia's parliamentary elections.
Saakashvili said in a televised speech that it was clear the opposition Georgian Dream had won a majority in Monday's vote and gained the right to form a government.
"I, as a president, will promote the parliament to start working, elect a new chairman and form a new government within the constitutional terms," Saakashvili said.
The president said that he respected the choice of the majority and expressed his gratitude to those who had supported the ruling United National Movement party.
After having counted a fifth of the votes cast on Monday, the country's election commission said that the opposition coalition was leading the ruling party by 53.02 percent to 41.75 percent of the votes.
There were 3,719 polling stations in the South Caucasus country.
TBILISI, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Georgia's opposition coalition has easily won Monday's parliamentary election, according to a research company's final exit poll.
Imedi and Rustavi2 television channels, which jointly commissioned U.S.-based Edison Research to conduct exit poll, said billionaire-led Georgian Dream garnered 50 percent of votes while the ruling United National Movement party took 41 percent. Full story
TBILISI, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania are scheduled to arrive in Tbilisi Monday for a joint visit in the tune-up toward Georgia's Oct.1 parliamentary elections.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze told a routine weekly briefing that the five European Union country foreign ministers are to start their visit by discussing bilateral ties with their Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze. Full story
TBILISI, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Georgia on Friday announced the formation of a special task force to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections in the South Caucasus country in October.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for Free and Fair Elections (IATF) is headed by Giga Bokeria, secretary of the Georgian National Security Council. The task force also consists of representatives from the Georgian interior ministry, justice ministry, regional development ministry, finance ministry and foreign ministry. Full story