United States Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan says ‘Georgia needs more political stability and not more polarization’.
Ambassador Degnan's remarks to media after observing elections in Marneuli. https://t.co/1NVODH3m8t— U.S. Embassy Tbilisi (@usingeo) October 2, 2021
Degnan, who is visiting the precincts in Marneuli as an election observer, says ‘this is a very important day for Georgia’.
People are out, voting, they are taking their responsibility as citizens seriously. This is the opportunity for voters to have their voices heard by casting their ballots at the ballot box. This is how citizens hold their leaders accountable, how they express their priorities, if it is a free and fair election, it is fundamental to a true democracy”, Kelly Degnan says.
The US embassy has send 47 teams all over Georgia to participate in today’s municipal elections as observers, while officials in Washington, including at the State Department, at the White House, in Congress are ‘following this closely as well’.
Speaking about ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili’s detention yesterday, US Ambassador Kelly Degnan said this case ‘will be a test of the Georgian judicial system’.
We’ll be watching to see if the case is handled impartially and in accordance with Georgian law and Georgia’s international obligations. That’s what we would hope to see going forward”, she stated.
Noting that there are really important issues that this country needs to deal with like jobs and high prices and COVID, education, water, roads, Ambassador Degnan said ‘we really hope that after these elections, Georgia’s political leaders are going to get back to work on the issues that are the priorities for the Georgian public’.