TBILISI, Georgia | French-born diplomat claims victory in Georgia vote

28Nov - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



TBILISI, Georgia — A French-born former foreign minister of Georgia celebrated what she claims is her victory in a tight presidential runoff Wednesday that marks the last time Georgians elect their head of state by popular vote.

An exit poll conducted by Edison Research for Rustavi 2 television showed the 66-year-old Salome Zurabishvili backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party winning 55 percent of the vote, while her rival, the 60-year-old Grigol Vashadze, who was supported by a coalition of opposition forces, trailing behind with 45 percent.

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