Georgian Presidential Elections Slated for October 27

Georgian Presidential Elections Slated for October 27
# 01 July 2013 19:16 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Georgia's presidential election will take place on October 27, according to a decree signed by President Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday, his spokeswoman said.

“In accordance with the constitution, the Georgian president has decided the date of the upcoming presidential election,” spokeswoman Manana Manjgaladze told journalists. “The election will be held on October 27, on the last Sunday of October,” APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

Three candidates already seem likely to enter the race. Incumbent Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Margvelashvili, who heads the ministry of education and science, was nominated by the ruling Georgian Dream coalition.

The non-parliamentary center-left Georgian Labor Party has nominated its founder and chairman Shalva Natelashvili. The National Assembly public organization nominated Nino Burjanadze, a Georgian opposition veteran and one of the leaders of the 2003 Rose Revolution, which brought Saakashvili to power.

The pro-Saakashvili United National Movement, which lost its majority in parliament during last year’s popular elections, will hold a vote this month to choose its candidate.

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