Georgia’s President Concedes Defeat in Parliamentary Election – NYTimes.com

We witness different types of elections—including some noncompetitive or useful to prop up dictators and ideologues–but the Republic of Georgia seems to have gained a statesman in Saakashvili’s electoral loss:

As the election approached, American officials and other interlocutors shuttled between Mr. Ivanishvili and Mr. Saakashvili, hoping to defuse tensions in the event of a disputed vote. Representative David Dreier, Republican of California, said he quoted Winston Churchill’s directive, “In victory, magnanimity.”

“This is clearly the most competitive election in the history of the country,” said Mr. Dreier, who led a delegation from the International Republican Institute, an American democracy-building organization. “Let’s hope that brings about a different outcome than the ones we’ve seen in the past — where, basically, you grind your heel into the opposition.”

via Georgia’s President Concedes Defeat in Parliamentary Election – NYTimes.com.

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