Salome Zurabishvili has emerged winner of Georgia’s presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office.
With nearly all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat had 59% of the vote with rival Grigol Vashadze on 40%.
Ms Zurabishvili was backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party while Mr Vashadze was a united opposition candidate.
Zurabishvili, a former ambassador to France, ran on the ticket of the ruling Georgian Dream party, which is backed by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The election has been seen as a test of democracy for Georgia, as the country seeks the membership of the European Union and NATO.
Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili who leads the alliance of 11 opposition parties that backed Vashadz, said of Ivanishvili: “The oligarch has stamped out Georgian democracy and the institutions of elections.”