Secretary of State: U.S. looks forward to working with new parliament, cabinet and president of Georgia
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.3 / Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva /
The United States congratulates the citizens of Georgia on their peaceful and active participation in yesterday's parliamentary elections. This was an historic day for all Georgians and for Georgia's democratic future, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in her statement.
"We support the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission and its assessment that the Georgian people have freely expressed their will at the ballot box. And we urge the authorities to conduct the final count and appeals transparently and in accordance with the rule of law," the statement posted on U.S. State Department's official website says.
"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," Clinton's statement says.
"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 statement says.
Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on Oct.1. Around 14 parties and two political blocs attended the elections.
Parliamentary elections were held on a mixed - list, majority system. Around 150 MPs must be elected - 77 on the lists (a passing barrier of five per cent) and 73 - single-seat constituencies.
Parliament will receive more authority in 2013 after amendments to the Constitution take effect resulting in the president's power being reduced.