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Press Releases 2012

U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland Congratulates the Georgian People (October 2)

Photo: State Dept

Ambassador Richard Norland makes his statement to the Georgian Media Representatives. Photo: State Dept

We support the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission, believing that this election genuinely reflects the will of the Georgian people.  We note that the final tabulation and appeals are still ongoing and the way these are conducted will be reflected in the overall assessment of the election.

We congratulate the Georgian people on the successful completion of their parliamentary election, which represents an historic milestone in Georgia’s democratic development.  Yesterday’s elections mark a victory for the Georgian people:  a truly competitive election produced an outcome that represents a significant new configuration in sharing of political power in Georgia. 

The United States looks forward to working with the parliament and government formed after final election results are tabulated and all appeals are completed to further broaden and deepen our already strong bilateral relationship.   

We congratulate President Saakashvili on presiding over another important stage in the maturing of Georgia’s democracy and on his statesmanlike handling of these events.

We congratulate Bidzina Ivanishvili on Georgian Dream’s successful performance. The United States encourages both sides to work together to continue to build a better future for all the people of Georgia.