Georgia's new president takes oath of office

"We value economic and diplomatic relations with our neighbors in the region, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia," Margvelashvili says.

Georgia's new president takes oath of office

World Bulletin/News Desk

Giorgi Margvelashvili, from the ruling party Georgian Dream, took the oath of office to become the new president of Georgia.

Representatives from more than 50 countries attended the ceremony at the old parliament building in capital Tbilisi.

Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Celik represented Turkey at the ceremony, along with the Lithuanian president and Azerbaijani prime minister. Former president Mikheil Saakashvili and members of his National Unity Party were not present.

In his speech after the oath ceremony, Margvelashvili said the transition period after the Soviet period had passed and the country had transitioned into a European-style modern democratic order.

He promised that during his term the rights of all citizens would be protected, economic development would be prioritized and the people's living conditions would be improved.

"We value economic and diplomatic relations with our neighbors in the region, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia," he said.

Indicating that a period of difficult relations with Russia had been experienced, Margvelashvili expressed wishes to solve the current problems with Russia in line with the European Union and NATO integration process.

Margvelashvili, who ran as a candidate of the Georgian Dream ruling party, won 62.12 percent of votes in the presidential elections held on October 27.

Last Mod: 17 Kasım 2013, 16:58
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