Saturday’s selection of Georgia

Observers called Saturday’s presidential elections in Georgia — a vote of confidence of the Rose Revolution and the man who eventually of the revolution came to power — Misha Saakashvili. In the forecast of analysts dominated world that Saakashvili is elected for the second term. Opposition skeptical Saakashvili likely victory in the first round, but is ready to listen to the conclusions of international observers.
According to the Constitution, during the election campaign run by the state parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze.
In the presidential elections in Georgia — 7 candidates. Past President Mikhail Saakashvili is running for a second term. He suggested that the date of early elections after mass opposition protests in early November last year. Georgian authorities more than once stated that stands behind the protests Moscow. During opposition protests have repeatedly said that opponents of Saakashvili must be exhibited a single candidate, but it did not work.
Media contributed Saakashvili
40-year-old Saakashvili, who resigned as president for the sake of doing this campaign, was almost constantly in a state-controlled television broadcast. Opposition candidates had even less time. New Year’s greetings criticism caused Saakashvili, who is no longer manage the country. But he turned to the first civilization, and later Patriarch Ilia already second and Acting President Nino Burjanadze.
According to the OSCE monitoring, state television gave 40 percent of the time for the coverage of Saakashvili, while the candidate of the New Rights Party David Gamkrelide received only 17 percent. International observers have other claims to the election campaign in Georgia. Says Managing OSCE observation mission Dieter Baudin:
"We have seen that it is very politicized company is not always favorable for the discussion of basic issues. And this is its main feature and a big drawback. Also there prepyadstviya with lists of voters, we detected several cases where people were intimidated. "
Managing GOP Usupashvili supporting the united opposition candidate Rowan Gachechiladze notes the problem of information, because with neuvvyazkami faced major-independent media. Imedi TV channel, which broadcasts ended after the imposition of emergency in November, refused to work during the elections, citing pressure from both the authorities and nepravladnyh forces.
Candidates for different tastes
One of the latest hot topics concerning Georgian elections — in the campaign known businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili. He changed his mind not to take part in the elections and remains in the presidential race. Patarkatsishvili referred to its own conversation with Georgian Patriarch Ilia II, but it is clear afterdny always emphasized the isolation of the church from politics. In a statement today vserasprostranennom Georgian Orthodox Church, without naming names, reports, he wants a president who respects religion.
Said same Patarkatsishvili said that the winner of the campaign believes the united opposition candidate Levan Gachechiladze. Another presidential candidate in Georgia Jora Maisashvili styled businessman Patarkatsishvili adventurer who plays in favor of external groups, which is unacceptable for Tbilisi.
Three other parties — the Labour left, virtually unknown party for the Future and the pro-Russian Nadezhda — also offer their own candidates for the presidency — Shalva Natelashvili, Maisashvili nology and Ira Sarishvili. Tbilisi analyst Gia node reads:
"With one side, this is the first true other elections in Georgia. And this is a positive nuance. On the other hand, it is also the problem, because if you are the highest rates during the elections, a correspondingly high level of tension and mistrust. "
Opposition demonstration was not allowed
Occurred when the color revolutions in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, many people looked at Tbilisi as an example of democratization in the former Soviet space. But hopes for a reeling Georgia in November of last year, when the government used force against demonstrators demanding the resignation of Saakashvili. A state of emergency was another disappointment. The human rights organization "Freedom House" warns that Tbilisi issue of political rights and freedoms of civilians in 2007 is very headed in the wrong direction.
Tbilisi City Hall refused the opposition to hold the January 6 Sunday demonstration on Rustaveli Avenue. Let me remind you specifically there on November 7 last year, there were clashes opposition supporters and police. Parliament Speaker Nino Burzhadande blames the opposition that they are preparing for new anti-government protests and destabilize the country.
First results of the presidential elections in Georgia’s Central Election Commission said on Sunday, the final results will be known in a day or 4. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, will be appointed the second round. On Sunday, in the program "Prague accent" — analysis of the election campaign in Georgia.

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