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Political revenge not on the agenda in Georgia says PM elect


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Political revenge not on the agenda in Georgia says PM elect

The talking, listening and analysing has started in Georgia following the victory by Bidzina Ivanishvili and his six party coalition in the parliamentary elections.

He said it was no coincidence having created what he said was the best coalition and pledged to work with the outgoing government.

“There will be no political repressions just because some people were in the government and shared political views which are different from ours. Neither myself personally, nor any member of our coalition will ever do that. Of course the exception is for those who have committed a crime, certainly justice will prevail in our country,” he told reporters at a press conference.

Some of the votes are still being counted in a ballot in which international observers said there were no grave violations.

Earlier President Mikheil Saakashvili had conceded defeat to the billionaire’s six party coalition in a nationwide television address.

“It is evident that the Georgian Dream coalition has secured a majority.There are deep differences between us, and we think their views are completely wrong. But democracy works through the majority of Georgians making a decision, and we respect this greatly,” he said.

Ivanishvili’s opponents claim he will forge closer ties with Moscow for the first time since independence in 1991.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has responded to the election results by saying he welcomed, “more constructive forces” entering parliament.

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