SAAKASHVILI CLAIMS VICTORY IN GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

PanARMENIAN.Net
07.01.2008 12:39 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ According to results from 1769 polling stations,
the Georgian Central Election Committee reported that the number of
votes given in favor of Mikheil Saakashvili during the presidential
election on 5 January has reached 551 thousand 193 (50.26%).

Levan Gachechiladze, the main opposition candidate, received 280
thousand 042 votes or 25.53%.

The other candidates came up with the following results: Akrady
Patarkatsishvili - 6.91% (75 735 votes), Shalva Natelashvili - 6.77%
(74 216 votes), David Gamkrelidze 3.92% (42 971 votes), Georgy
Maisashvili 0.79% (8 672 votes), Irina Sarishvili-Chanturia 0.31%
(3 379 votes).

To win the election a candidate has to receive 50% and 1
vote. Otherwise, a second round follows within 2 weeks.

Levan Gachechiladze outstrips Saakashvili in the capital and falls
behind in the regions, Novosti Georgia reports.

The poll is still underway.