The Georgian leaders congratulated Ukraine on holding “free and fair” snap parliamentary elections of July 21.
“Congratulations to the people of Ukraine on holding free and fair elections!” Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze wrote in his Twitter post.
“I strongly believe that successful elections will further advance Ukraine’s democracy, reforms and progress on European Union integration path as well as strengthen ties between our friendly nations,” he added.
Congratulations to the people of #Ukraine on holding free & fair elections! I strongly believe that successful elections will further advance Ukraine’s democracy, reforms & progress on #EU integration path as well as strengthen ties between our friendly nations
— Mamuka Bakhtadze (@BakhtadzeMamuka) July 23, 2019
Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze also congratulated Ukrainian people. “Free, fair and transparent elections serve as the foundation for further democratic development and economic welfare of Ukraine,” he stated.
“I believe, the bilateral relations and the Parliamentary cooperation between our countries will be more productive and active after the Elections,” Speaker Talakvadze added.
Overall, 17 out of the total of 22 parties that ran in elections, could not clear the 5% threshold required to get into parliament through the proportional list, including Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili’s Movement of New Forces (0.46% of votes).