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Georgia Holds Presidential Elections in October 2013

On October 27, 2013, Georgia held presidential elections. Giorgi Margvelashvili won, taking 62 percent of the vote. Margvelashvili was a member of Bidzina Ivanishvili's cabinet as the Minister of Education and Science. Despite no political party affiliation, Margvelashvili was chosen by the Ivanishvili-led Georgian Dream coalition as their presidential candidate for 2013. After Margvelashvili was elected, Catherine Ashton, the European Union Representative for Foreign Affairs, and Stefan Fule, the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, released a joint statement congratulating "the Georgian people on this demonstration of their country's strong democratic credentials." The statement also said that they "look forward to continued close cooperation with Georgia on our ambitious mutual agenda of political association and economic integration."

On November 17, 2013, Margvelashvili took office as president. At his presidential inauguration, Margvelashvili said that he hoped Georgia would join the European Union and NATO. Irakli Garibashvili succeeded Ivanishvili as prime minister. Garibashvili, a former business executive, served as Minister of Internal Affairs in Ivanishvili's cabinet.

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