Salome Zurabishvili on Sunday (Dec 16) took oath as first female president of Georgia amid opposition parties continue to denounce her election as fraudulent and demand snap parliamentary polls. Opposition parties have refused to recognise Zurabishvili’s election last month and tried to hold a protest rally outside the royal.
In her inaugural speech on December 16, Zurabishvili said “As the Georgian president backed by our strategic partner, the United States, and European friends, I will make every effort to promote our country’s integration process into NATO and the EU”. “Russia should understand that, if it wants to be a full-fledged member of the international community and normalize relations in the region, it should prove the recognition of international legal norms by words and by deeds. This is mandatory for establishing an equal and peaceful relationship with its neighbors,” she said.
Zurabishvili was backed in the election by the ruling Georgian Dream party of Georgia’s ex-premier and billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili.
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17 November, 2019