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Ex-diplomat Salome Zurabishvili elected as Georgia's first woman president

November 29, 14:50 UTC+3

Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office

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Independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili speaks in her campaign office after the end of voting in a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
Independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili speaks in her campaign office after the end of voting in a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
Independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili speaks in her campaign office after the end of voting in a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Former foreign minister of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili delivers a speech at the rally against her dismissal, 2005
Former foreign minister of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili delivers a speech at the rally against her dismissal, 2005
Former foreign minister of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili delivers a speech at the rally against her dismissal, 2005
© Alexander Klimchuk/TASS
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili signs a decree granting dual citizenship to Salome Zurabishvili, and appointing her to the post of Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2004
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili signs a decree granting dual citizenship to Salome Zurabishvili, and appointing her to the post of Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2004
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili signs a decree granting dual citizenship to Salome Zurabishvili, and appointing her to the post of Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2004
© The Eye of Georgia/TASS
Salome Zurabishvili is seen before a meeting with Georgian Patriarch Ilya II in Tbilisi, 2007
Salome Zurabishvili is seen before a meeting with Georgian Patriarch Ilya II in Tbilisi, 2007
Salome Zurabishvili is seen before a meeting with Georgian Patriarch Ilya II in Tbilisi, 2007
© AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov
Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, 2004
Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, 2004
Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, 2004
© Yuri Mashkov/TASS
A poster promoting presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, 2018
A poster promoting presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, 2018
A poster promoting presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, 2018
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Georgian presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili waves during an election campaign meeting with her supporters in Tbilisi, 2018
Georgian presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili waves during an election campaign meeting with her supporters in Tbilisi, 2018
Georgian presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili waves during an election campaign meeting with her supporters in Tbilisi, 2018
© EPA-EFE/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
Salome Zurabishvili walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
Salome Zurabishvili walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
Salome Zurabishvili walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Salome Zurabishvili with her son Teimuraz Gorjestani and daughter Ketevan Gorjestani and supporters in Zurabishvili's campaign headquarters
Salome Zurabishvili with her son Teimuraz Gorjestani and daughter Ketevan Gorjestani and supporters in Zurabishvili's campaign headquarters
Salome Zurabishvili with her son Teimuraz Gorjestani and daughter Ketevan Gorjestani and supporters in Zurabishvili's campaign headquarters
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Supporters of independent presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, who is backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, wave the party's flag and Georgian flag while riding a car as they celebrate after announcement of the exit polls following the presidential election in Tbilisi
Supporters of independent presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, who is backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, wave the party's flag and Georgian flag while riding a car as they celebrate after announcement of the exit polls following the presidential election in Tbilisi
Supporters of independent presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, who is backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, wave the party's flag and Georgian flag while riding a car as they celebrate after announcement of the exit polls following the presidential election in Tbilisi
© EPA-EFE/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
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Independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili speaks in her campaign office after the end of voting in a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Former foreign minister of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili delivers a speech at the rally against her dismissal, 2005
© Alexander Klimchuk/TASS
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili signs a decree granting dual citizenship to Salome Zurabishvili, and appointing her to the post of Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2004
© The Eye of Georgia/TASS
Salome Zurabishvili is seen before a meeting with Georgian Patriarch Ilya II in Tbilisi, 2007
© AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov
Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, 2004
© Yuri Mashkov/TASS
A poster promoting presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, 2018
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Georgian presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili waves during an election campaign meeting with her supporters in Tbilisi, 2018
© EPA-EFE/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
Salome Zurabishvili walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during a second round of the 2018 Georgian presidential election
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Salome Zurabishvili with her son Teimuraz Gorjestani and daughter Ketevan Gorjestani and supporters in Zurabishvili's campaign headquarters
© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
Supporters of independent presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili, who is backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, wave the party's flag and Georgian flag while riding a car as they celebrate after announcement of the exit polls following the presidential election in Tbilisi
© EPA-EFE/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

Salome Zurabishvili won Georgia’s runoff presidential election with 59.52% of votes. Zurabishvili, aged 66, was born in Paris to a family of Georgian emigrants, and she later graduated from the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies. Since 1974, she has worked in France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and in late 2003, she was appointed French Ambassador to Georgia. In March 2004, President Saakashvili appointed her Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, but in October 2005, she was removed from this position after Saakashvili had criticized her publicly. After that, she joined the opposition and took part in rallies demanding that Saakashvili step down. In 2016, she was elected to the Georgian parliament. Meet Georgia's first woman president in this photo gallery.

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