Oct. 28 - International observers confirm Georgia's presidential election was properly conducted. Paul Chapman reports.
Georgia awoke to a new president-elect on Monday after an election praised by international observers. Things aren't so clear-cut on the streets of the capital, Tbilisi. Policy-making should become easier with the presidency and the government under the prime minister's control for the first time. But some Georgians don't expect to see their lives change. (SOUNDBITE) (Georgian) TBILISI RESIDENT NINO MAMULASHVILI SAYING: "Son, listen, who will ever give anything to us? Everyone is just fighting for his seat and afterwards they don't need anyone, not old, disabled people. I don't have any hopes. I rely on myself and will have to live on my pension." Analyst Helen Khoshtaria of Georgia's Reforms Associates said the country would retain its pro-Western direction. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HELEN KHOSHTARIA, GEORGIA'S REFORMS ASSOCIATES (GRASS) ANALYST, SAYING: "Georgian public largely is supporting the pro-Western choice. Even more, this election showed that pro-Russian forces have very small chance to be strong." The new president, Georgy Margelashvili will be inaugurated on November 17th.