Georgia has held peaceful, just, safe and democratic elections, says Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili.
Despite the severe and unprecedented challenges, yesterday’s parliamentary elections have once again shown to the world that the continues to move smoothly on the path of democracy and development,” she noted.
[The country] was capable of holding elections peacefully, with high voter turnout and without severe violations. For this, I would like to thank every voter regardless of their political preference, as this is everyone’s victory,” said Zurabishvili.
She expressed gratitude to the international observer missions for participating in this very important process.
We managed to hold elections according to a new electoral system, proportional for the most part. Once again, it is a step forward for democracy,” she said.
Salome Zurabishvili noted that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and despite the ongoing conflict in the region the country managed to hold safe elections.
The electoral process was peaceful in the regions densely inhabited by our citizens of Armenian and Azerbaijani origins. This is a sign that in the context of this difficult and painful conflict, Georgia remains an island of stability and the nation where the Caucasian tradition of cohabitation and tolerance lives on,” said Zurabishvili.
She noted that with yesterday’s parliamentary elections Georgian society has “defeated nihilism” and proved that the post-Soviet era in Georgia is ending.