Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend I.Sultanov / Some 75% of the Azerbaijanis residing in Georgia's region of Kvemo-Kartli and city of Tbilisi voted for Mikhail Saakashvili, the Head of the National Assembly of the Georgian Azerbaijanis, Dashgin Gulmammadov, reported to Trend by telephone. According to him, it resulted from the issue that Saakashvili's pre-election program and promises for the Georgian Azerbaijanis were more attractive than the promises of other candidates. "In addition, other candidates were less familiar than Saakashvili with the Azerbaijanis," he said.
Gulmammadov said that 90% of the electors in the region of Marneuli voted for Saakashvili. Only 5% gave preference to the candidate from the combined opposition, Levan Gachechiladze. Gulmammadov said that it is linked with the issue that during the pre-election campaign, Gachechiladze made a number of statements that were accepted by the Georgian Azerbaijanis. "Gachechiladze said that everything in Georgia is for the Georgians. This statement had a considerable impact on the choice of the Azerbaijanis," Gulmammadov said.
The Head of the National Assembly characterized as normal generally. "There were not alternatives for Mikhail Saakashvili in these elections," Gulmammadov adding that unlike previous elections, this time the Azerbaijanis participated in the elections enough actively.