Sunday’s election will be the last time residents of the former Soviet republic of Georgia get to cast a ballot for president — that’s if any of the 25 candidates running gets an absolute majority.
Opinion polls suggest that none of the candidates will exceed the 50 percent needed for a first-round victory and that the country on the Black Sea will have to choose between Sunday’s two top candidates in a November presidential runoff.
Under constitutional changes that began in 2010, Georgia is transitioning to being a parliamentary country. After the upcoming president’s six-year term ends, future heads of state will be chosen by delegates. The presidency’s powers already have been substantially reduced, with the prime minister becoming the country’s most powerful politician.
Source: The Associated Press