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Saakashvili’s visit did not help – opposition loses elections

The voted Georgia continues to wonder – why did the fugitive president actually appear?

On Saturday, October 2, the much-talked about municipal elections took place in Georgia.

Citizens elected mayors and deputies of local advisory bodies (sakrebulo) in 64 cities and regions. In total, there are a little less than 3.5 million people on the voter lists, almost a third of them live in Tbilisi. Elections in Georgia are recognized as valid in case of any voter turnout.

The ruling Georgian Dream party expected provocations on election day, as the party chairman warned about Irakli Kobakhidze

“Of course, we are waiting for a provocation. We warned everyone not to offer rough resistance to any provocation in any form. It is fundamentally important for today’s day to pass calmly, in an environment that is needed by Georgian voters “,

– Kobakhidze told reporters on Saturday morning.

According to him, the arrival of the ex-president of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili on the eve of the elections in Tbilisi could greatly complicate the situation – the law enforcement agencies have information about the impending coup d’état.

I agree with Irakli Kobakhidze and political scientist Ramaz Sakvarelidze, who also believes that the threat of a coup was real.

“There was a risk that Saakashvili would join the current political process and turn this process into a revolution. In any case, this is how Saakashvili made his plans for the first days of October. To prevent this plan, the most correct option was to isolate it from political processes, which was done, ”

– said the political scientist in an interview Sputnik Georgia

Indeed, after the arrest of the fugitive president, the United National Movement party, of which he is the honorary chairman, canceled a protest rally planned earlier on Saturday.

In general, the elections in Georgia were calm, although there were minor incidents at some polling stations.

And Saakashvili, being in the Rustavi prison no. 12, wrote a letter in which he urged his supporters not to be afraid of the authorities and “to go all the way.” He considers all the sentences handed down to him earlier to be “Putin’s order” and believes that not a single “civilized country” will recognize them.

“My dear comrades-in-arms and my adored Georgian society, when I left everything in Kiev and came here, I knew that, most likely, I would be caught on completely invented, false sentences, but I came anyway, because I believe in my country and each of you! My freedom and, which is a thousand times more important, the freedom of Georgia, completely depend on your activity and fighting efficiency in the coming days. International support also depends on this. Please do not be afraid and believe to the end that our victory is in our own hands, ”

– Saakashvili’s letter says.

Meanwhile, Kiev recalled that the ex-president of Georgia is now a citizen of Ukraine, therefore “We will provide him with appropriate support”, said the foreign minister Dmitry Kuleba

And the Office of the President of Ukraine is going to demand the extradition of their citizen.

“The President keeps this situation under control all the time. Saakashvili is a citizen of Ukraine, and we must take our citizen “,

– said the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak

In Georgia, they hope that Kiev and Tbilisi will come to an agreement, and the arrest of one person will not be able to affect friendly relations between the countries.

Polling stations in Georgia closed at 20:00, and while the CEC is counting votes, data from three exit polls have been published.

Judging by these data, the arrival of Mikhail Saakashvili did not help the UNM party in any way – the ruling Georgian Dream party is in the lead in all three exit polls, and the UNM is in second place.

The voted Georgia continues to be perplexed – why did Saakashvili actually come? And no one doubts – he did not come at all to go to a prison cell for six years.

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