In Georgian presidential election, Zurabishvili close to victory

In the run-off of the Georgian presidential election, candidate Salome Zurabishvili is expected to win. She is a candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream party.

French news agency AFP reported citing official completed counts from 98,41% of polling stations that in the Wednesday, November 28, run-off Zurabishvili has received 59.61%, while her rival Grigol Vashadze was set to receive 40,39% of votes.

Following the announcement of the exit poll results, former Georgian President from the United National Movement, which supported Vashadze’s candidacy, claimed «mass electoral fraud» and urged voters to start mass peacefull protests and demand snap parliamentary elections.

Zurabishvili, a 66-year-old independent lawmaker, is the daughter of refugees who fled Georgia in 1921 for Paris after the country’s annexation by the Red Army. She has made a career in France’s foreign service, served as the French Ambassador to Georgia, before being appointed by Saakashvili as the Georgian Foreign Minister.

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