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Georgia: Zurabishvili Becomes Country’s First Woman President

Thursday 29 November 2018

TBILISI (Ruptly)— Ex-diplomat Salome Zurabishvili won more than 59% of the vote in the second round of Georgia’s presidential election, the country’s Central Election Committee announced in Tbilisi on Thursday.

Her challenger, opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze, won 40.46% of the vote, with nearly all of the votes counted.

The French-born former Georgian Foreign Minister Zurabishvili, who was supported by the ruling Georgian Dream Party, will become the country’s first woman president.

The runoff vote was needed after no candidate emerged as a majority winner in the first round on October 28, with Zurabishvili gathering 38.64% of the vote against Vashadze’s 37.74%.

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