Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend E.Huseynli / Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry attentively observed the presidential elections in Georgia and stated that the elections were held in a democratic way.
The Foreign Ministry's Press Secretary, Khazar Ibrahim, reported to Trend on 7 January that despite which candidate will achieve victory in the elections, Baku will continue developing its strategic partnership with Georgia.
The Presidential elections took place in Georgia on 5 January. According to data from the Central Election Commission of Georgia, after counting the votes of 2265 out of 3512 polling stations, Mikhail Saakashvili, gained 51.71% of the votes (711,136 votes) and the candidate from the combined opposition, Levan Gachechiladze, gained 25.38% (349,110 votes).
They are trailed by Arkadi Patarkatsishvili with 6.51% (89,512 votes), Shalva Natelashvili - 6.41% (88,135 votes), David Gamkrelidze - 3.98% (54,675 votes), Georgi Maisashvili - 0.78% (10,786), Irina Sarishvili-Chanturia - 0.3% (4,147).