Election officials in Georgia have confirmed the re-election of President Mikhail Saakashvili with the publication of the definitive results of last weekend’s poll.
But the opposition have protested on the streets of Tblisi once again, still furious, and still claiming the vote was rigged.
The main opposition candidate, Levan Gachechiladze was the closest rival, but with 25.67 per cent support did not even come halfway towards Saakashvili’s rating.
And even though Western observers said the vote was ‘in essence consistent’ with international standards, opponents are nonetheless pressing for another ballot.
Mikhail Saakashvili swept to power four years ago with 96 per cent support.
Now, that has melted away to 53.38 per cent, amid claims that he is an autocratic ruler who has failed to deliver real economic benefits.
But it is above the 50 per cent threshhold, which does away with the need for a second-round vote.