Opposition candidate concedes victory in Mtatsminda by-election

Opposition European Geororgia candidate Shalva Shavgulidze conceded victory to the ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia contender, Vladimer Kakhadze.

He thanked his supporters and said the elections were conducted “through methods unacceptable to democracy”, characterized by “black-PR” campaign “financed and supported” by the Georgian Dream.

He said the party “apparently did not manage to convince” the majority of district voters that “to change the government you no more trust, passive protest is not sufficient,” and one needs to express this discontent at the ballot box.