Georgia: Thousands protest against presidential election results in Tbilisi

Thousands of people rallied in Tbilisi on Sunday, denouncing the result of what they believe to be the «rigged» presidential election and calling for snap parliamentary elections. Supporters of the defeated candidate Grigol Vashadze gathered at 15:30 local time (20:30 GMT) in front of the Georgian Parliament on Rustaveli Avenue. Vashadze, who attended the rally, called the election results... Еще illegitimate, stating that opposition parties would challenge the outcome of the election in court. «If a full mobilisation is needed, we will declare it. We do not consider these elections valid, we do not recognise their results,» said Vashadze. Georgian former President and founder of the main opposition party 'United National Movement', Mikheil Saakashvili, addressed the crowd via a video call, heralding their future political victory. Salome Zurabishvili, backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, won more than 59.52 percent of the vote in the second round of Georgia's presidential election while her contender Vashadze secured 40.48 percent of the vote. The French-born Zurabishvili is set to become the country's first female 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 percent of the vote against Vashadze's 37.74 percent.

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