Leader of Georgian Dream opposition coalition, Bidzina Ivanishvili, said on Sunday that his coalition would accept results of elections if October 1 parliamentary polls were deemed as legitimate by international observer organizations. Ivanishvili, who was interviewed by the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s weekly program Accents, also said that it was President Saakashvili who was interested in having post-election disorders. Asked whether he would accept election results if those results were deemed “legitimate” by “authoritative” international observer organizations, Ivanishvili responded: “Yes, of course.”
“But at the same time I want to explain to our viewers so that not to trigger any nihilism among them. We are working very actively with them [international election observers]; we share common views on every issue and no one should have any illusion that something similar to what has already happened in Georgia will reoccur again and [international observers] will endorse falsified elections; no one will [endorse] falsified elections and no one, first and foremost Saakashvili, should have an illusion about it; no one will undersign results of falsified elections and we will maximally defend the votes,” he said.
Asked if he thought that Russia was interested in having post-election disorders in Georgia, Ivanishvili responded: “Only Saakashvili is interested in having disorders in Georgia after the elections, because he knows he will lose elections.”