Presidential Elections in Georgia

On October 27th in Georgia will be held presidental Elections. As foreigner living in Georgia, I'm not into politics much. I know something, and many things I don't know. 

The role of president in Georgia after last parlamentary elections is kinda symbolic - so actually importance of presidental elections is just ... I don't know. Anyway there will be held these elections.

I'm not sure how many candidates they have, but I have heard about 3. And in my opinion, one of those 3 will be elected as Georgian President.


Giorgi Margvelashvili:

I dont know anything about this person. Just that he is nomineted from Georgian Dream party. According to Wikipedia he is a Georgian commentator and politician. A philosopher by education, he was twice the rector of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2012, when he became member of the cabinet of Bidzina Ivanishvili as Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and in February 2013 First Deputy Prime Minister. On May 11, 2013, Ivanishvili-led Georgian Dream coalition named him as presidential candidate for the October 2013 election. Margvelashvili is not a member of any political party. source


David Bakradze:

About this person I know, that he comes from current President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili party UNM. Since till last parlamentary election, UNM was a majority, I have heard about him a few words - not good, not bads, neutral. According to Wikipedia David Bakradze is a Georgian politician and diplomat who served as the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia from June 7, 2008, to October 21, 2012.

Bakradze's previous assignments include a member of the Parliament from the United National Movement (April 2004-July 2007), Minister for the Conflict Issues (July 2007-January 2008), Minister of Foreign Affairs (January 2008-April 2008), and the President of Georgia's special envoy to NATO and the European Union (April 2008-June 2008). He is a First Class State Counselor and holds a diplomatic rank of Chief Minister Counselor. source



Nino Burjanadze:

About this lady I have heard the most. She was active in opposition times.  Again, I don't have neither bad, neither good image of her. Neutral.

According to Wikipedia Nino Burjanadze is a Georgian politician and lawyer who served as Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia from November 2001 to June 2008. She has served as the acting head of state of Georgia twice; the first time from 23 November 2003 to 25 January 2004 in the wake of Eduard Shevardnadze's resignation during the Rose Revolution, and again from 25 November 2007 to 20 January 2008, when Mikheil Saakashvili stepped down to rerun in the early presidential elections. She withdrew into opposition to Saakashvili as the leader of the Democratic Movement-United Georgia party in 2008. In June 2013, she announced her intention to run for president in the October 2013 election. (source)


Since I have no image at all who is who (And again, I'm just a foreigner living here in Georgia, not beeing involved in any political, non-governmental or whatver organization, and not paying huge attention to Georgian politics, with no rigts to vote), if asked to me - I would say - that probably Nino Burjanadze sounds like most suitable Presidental person from those 3?


But, I have this strange feeiling that winner in these elections will be Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili, since he is candidate from rulling Georgian Dream party.


Read more about presidental elections in Georgia in Wikipedia:,_2013

What is your thoughts about Georgian Presidental elections? Should we need to pay more attention to them, does it somehow will change the way we live? What is your prognosis about next Georgian president?