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Georgia Inaugurates A President


Newly elected Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony in Tbilisi November 17, 2013. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: POLITICS)

Georgia inaugurated a new president on November 17, 44-year-old philosopher and former university rector Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Georgia inaugurated a new president on November 17, 44-year-old philosopher and former university rector Giorgi Margvelashvili. He has pledged to strengthen Georgia's ties with the West and maintain its commitment to NATO.


During his inauguration speech President Margvelashvili promised to govern in the interest of every Georgian.

“As president, I will serve each of you. For every Georgian citizen I will be a guarantee of defending their rights. Despite different political views, we are united in one aim – a peaceful, united, democratic and developed Georgia,” Margvelashvili said.

President Barack Obama congratulated Georgia noting that the inauguration of President Margvelashvili marks the first time in Georgia a presidential transition has taken place as the result of a peaceful, democratic election.

The path to inauguration day, said President Obama, "was marked by the contributions of many distinguished political leaders over the past 20 years including President Mikheil Saakashvili and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who have both played a vital role in strengthening Georgia’s democratic institutions, together with civil society and the people of Georgia. We appreciate what these two leaders have accomplished during their respective tenures and look forward to working with their successors to continue the strong and deep bonds that the United States and Georgia have enjoyed for over 20 years."

Georgia is making significant progress in consolidating democratic institutions, including through its promotion of women’s participation in public life, and is moving forward on the path to fulfilling its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The United States calls on all of Georgia’s political leaders to work together, and continue to work with civil society, to build on this achievement.
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