On Sunday, October 27 Georgians went to the polls to elect a new president. According to the Election Commission, Giorgi Margvelashvili, the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, won just over 62 percent of the vote. Davit Bakradze, the candidate of the United National Movement of outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili, came in second with nearly 22 percent.
The United States congratulates the citizens of Georgia on their peaceful presidential election. It was another historic day for all Georgians and an important step in Georgia’s democratic development and its embrace of Euro-Atlantic institutions. “This election,” said U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, “clearly represented the will of the people.”
It was another historic day for all Georgians and an important step in Georgia’s democratic development and its embrace of Euro-Atlantic institutions."
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, said the election was "positive and transparent."
The United States supports the OSCE’s international election observation mission and its assessment that the election was “efficiently administered, transparent, and took place in an amicable and constructive environment.”
Now that the people have spoken, all parties should work together to promote Georgia’s political stability and strengthen its civil society to advance its democratic and economic development.
The United States looks forward to working the President-elect, the government, parliament, and the people of Georgia to build on the U.S.-Georgian strategic partnership, to foster Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and to continue to support a brighter future for the Georgian people.