January 10, 2008

Rigged elections in Georgia

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has won his country's snap election, preliminary official results suggest. The election commission said he won 52.8% of the vote, with most ballots counted - indicating he will not have to contest a second-round run-off.

I toll to an American friend in Tbilisi, on this Election Day, in contact with many decent upstanding Georgian citizens, it is clear that Saakashvili will do anything to "win" this election, which he has absolutely, positively lost. The West should open its eyes and ears to the reality of Georgia, a state where none of the oft-touted economic gains have made their way down to the people under the autocrat Saakashvili.

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