World Bulletin / News Desk
Voting has begun in Georgia's presidential election as two-term President Mikheil Saakashvili is set to leave post.
The election coincides with substantial changes in the constitution that tilt balance of power in governance.
3.5 million voters started voting on Sunday at 08:00 local time to decide who among the 23 candidates will take on the mantle for the next five years.
Former Education Minister Giorgi Margvelashvili, endorsed by billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili-led coalition Georgian Dream, seems the likeliest winner.
A two-term limit on president's tenure in the current constitution means Saakashvili will not be able to run again.
After the election produces a new president, a series of constitutional amendments made in 2010 will take effect, shifting several of the president's powers to the prime minister and the government.
This in turn leads to a pressing question of who will be the next prime minister, as current PM Ivanishvili said he would not run.
Ivanishvili, the richest man in Georgia, has acted as prime minister since October last year.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 13:04