Saakashvili calls for mass protests in Georgia

Presidential elections finished in Georgia yesterday. It was the second round, when Gergians voted for two candidates Salome Zurabishvili and Grigol Vashadze. Vashadze is an opposition politician connected to ex-president Saakashvili wanted in Georgia.

According to official data Salome Zurabishvili garnered 1,147,627 votes, accounting for 59.52% of total number of voters, while her challenger – UNM-led coalition’s Grigol Vashadze received 780,633 votes, which accounts for 40.48%. It is not enough for saakashvili, who was expelled off Ukraine and dreams of return to political life.

As Georgian media report, Vashadze made the statement at his press briefing on November 29, five hours after two separate exit polls gave lead to the ruling party-backed candidate Salome Zurabishvili.

“We decided to solicit the opinions of our supporters, to inform them of our plans; we will have an assembly at 6pm tomorrow,” he said, calling on the opposition supporters to attend the gathering.

Grigol Vashadze’s statement came shortly after ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, UNM’s honorary chairman, questioned the legitimacy of elections and called for mass protests.

In a live interview with Rustavi 2 TV, Saakashvili said: “what was happening in the last few weeks was not an election, was not a democratic process and had nothing to do with people’s will; this was [an election run by] criminals, swindlers and villains.”

“I call on Georgians not to recognize the election results … the country’s main robber has taken hold of every state institution, so now is the time for the public to take in its hands protection of constitution and its freedoms,” Saakashvili noted.

“Regardless of the results we see tomorrow, we are moving to mass movement of disobedience. I call upon Georgian police to stand on the side of the people, I call upon the armed forces, not to fulfill illegal orders, and I call upon upstanding civil servants to distance themselves from the criminal, Mafioso gang that took hold of Georgia,” he added.

Asked to comment the ex-President’s statements, Grigol Vashadze said: “what has not been taken through our collective decision and has not been announced from this podium, remains to be one person’s individual position.”

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