Government and Opposition of Georgia Should Combine: Head of PACE Mission
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend K.Ramazanova / The government and opposition of Georgia should combine in order to justify the trust of the citizens who attended the Presidential elections in Georgia, the Head of the PACE observation mission, Matias Eorsi, reported to Trend by telephone from Tbilisi on 7 January.
"Not only government or opposition, but also everybody should work together instead of canceling the results of the elections," said Eorsi, PACE Monitoring Committee's rapporteur for Georgia.
According to the data by the Central Election Commission of Georgia as of 7 January, the candidate for the presidency in Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, still tops the results of the early elections, collecting 51.03% of the votes. The candidate from the combined opposition, Levan Gachechiladze, who collected 25.53% of the votes, states that the results are being falsified by the Central Election Commission and they will hold demonstrations to protest against it.
According to Eorsi, the elections corresponded to the international standards and provided an opportunity to Georgia people to democratically answer the political crisis in the country.
Mikhail Saakashvili was forced to fix early presidential elections in Georgia for 5 January 2008 after the demonstrations of the opposition at the beginning of November. According to the early report of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, 1 912 943 or 56, 17% of the voters took part in the elections.