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Clinton congratulates Georgian election winners

by | Oct 3, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – The U.S. Secretary of State responded to Monday’s election in Georgia congratulating Georgians on their peaceful and active participation in the election.

A statement published on the State Department website says the election was a historic day for all Georgians and Georgia’s democratic future.

“Now that the people of Georgia have spoken, the United States encourages all parties to work together constructively in the new parliament to advance Georgia’s democratic and economic development. We look forward to working with the new parliament, as well as the cabinet and president of Georgia to build upon our strong relationship and create a brighter future for the Georgian people”

The U.S. supports OSCE’s ODIHR election observation mission and its assessment, which was that the election had been competitive, but the campaign was tense and polarized.

“We urge the authorities to conduct the final count and appeals transparently and in accordance with the rule of law,” Hillary Clinton’s statement says.

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, also see the recent election in Georgia as positive and congratulate Georgian Dream on its victory.

They say now a responsible government and a constructive opposition represent an integral part of a democratic society.

They both share ODIHR’s conclusion that it was a democratic election in which fundamental rights and people’s freedoms were respected.



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