Georgia elects first female president

The Georgia’s ruling Dream party presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia’s presidential election with 59.52% of the vote. She is elected as the first woman president.

Ms Zurabishvili is a former French career diplomat who took up a job in the French foreign service and was posted to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, as ambassador in 2003. She would later give up her post. She was then appointed as the foreign minister by then-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili.

She was backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, while Mr Grigol Vashadze was a 11 party-united opposition candidate.

Ms Zurabishvili, 66, was born in Paris after her parents fled Georgia in 1921 following its annexation by Soviet forces.

The opposition complained of voting irregularities, but this has been denied by the ruling party.

But observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe noted that the ruling party’s candidate “enjoyed an undue advantage”.