Georgia's newly elected president Giorgi Margvelashvili (right) - an ally and protege of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) (photo:dpa)

Georgia Dream ends 'cohabitation' to dominate political scene

The election of Georgia’s new president has created internal political tensions which could have a marked effect on the country’s slow march to democracy. The former-Soviet state has reached a tipping point which could see it continue on track to sign a far-ranging political and trade deal with the European Union or, should it backslide, Georgia might have little choice but to rebuild ties with Russia.

<i>The election of Georgia’s new president, Giorgi Margvelashvili, will mark the end of a period of cohabitation between the centre-right United National Movement and the Georgian Dream coalition of six liberal and far-right parties. Notably, it will see the transition of Georgia ...

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 Eka Tkeshelashvili
Mr Margvelashvili’s victory puts Georgian Dream in charge of the presidency, the government and the legislature for the first time, a year after it defeated Mr Saakashvili's United National Movement (UNM) cabinet at the polls
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