Georgia congratulates Ukraine on democratic elections

Man walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during a parliamentary election in Ukraine. Photo: REUTERS, 27 Oct 2014 - 18:13, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili is congratulating the people of Ukraine for hosting democratic parliamentary elections.

Exit polls of Ukraine’s early elections, held on Sunday, revealed that the country’s President and Prime Minister were set to publish a draft coalition agreement after their pro-Western parties earned an apparent sweeping victory that would tilt the country away from the Soviet Union and further towards Europe.

"I warmly congratulate the people of Ukraine for [hosting] democratic parliamentary elections. I wish them success for the prosperity of the people of the country,” Margvelashvili said in a statement.

President Margvelashvili reaffirmed Georgia’s support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and said the elections proved Ukraine wanted a brighter future. He strongly believed that through joint efforts of Ukrainian citizens, the country would overcome all difficulties that were in front of them.

"Early parliamentary elections reconfirmed the Ukrainian people’s faithfulness to European values; strive for national prosperity and a better future.”

With half of the votes counted, President Petro Poroshenko's bloc and the party of Arseniy Yatseniuk were neck-and-neck, with each receiving more than 21 percent of votes, stated the BBC.

Both men said they expected other parties to join their coalition talks.

Voting was not held in eastern areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Meanwhile Georgia’s Foreign Ministry expressed regret that all citizens of Ukraine had not been given the opportunity to fulfil their civic duty to the country because of the grave situation in the country.

"Georgia respects the free and democratic choice of the people of Ukrainian which has supported the country's unity and European future,” Georgia’s MFA said in a statement.

Georgia’s MFA wished success to the Ukrainian people and the newly elected parliament for building the truly European country.