Georgian presidential election earns generally positive evaluation - NATO officer
TBILISI. Dec 12 (Interfax) - The Georgian presidential election earned a generally positive evaluation despite some criticism, according to NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai.
NATO and other international organizations, including the OSCE, have described the election as fair and transparent, although they have offered some critique, Appathurai told the press in Tbilisi on Wednesday. NATO hopes that the requirement of a calm political atmosphere will be met in the next election, but the recent ballot was still positive, he said.
Appathurai indicated vast experience of Georgian President-elect Salome Zourabichvili.
He added that he planned to meet with the president-elect, the prime minister, the ministers of foreign affairs and defense, and representatives of opposition parties and non-governmental organizations during his visit to Georgia.