Election shows Georgia's democracy maturing - observers

Reuters

TBILISI, Oct 28 (Reuters) - European observers on Mondaygave Georgia's presidential election a clean bill of health,saying it was "positive and transparent" and respected freedomsof expression, movement and assembly.

"This clean election ... tells me that Georgia's democracyis maturing," said Joao Soares, head of the observer missionsent by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE), Europe's main security and rights watchdog.

Partial results showed Sunday's election was won by GeorgyMargvelashvili, the candidate representing the ruling GeorgianDream coalition. Unlike previous elections in post-SovietGeorgia, the vote was free of major violations and violence.

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