US comments parliamentary elections in Georgia

 US comments parliamentary elections in Georgia

US President Barack Obama's administration congratulated Georgia on the "successful completion" of the elections.

"We are concerned about isolated incidents of violence and intimidation and urge accountability as well as a thorough and balanced investigation in accordance with the rule of law," the US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

"We now encourage political leaders from all parties to work together in pursuit of goals important to all Georgians, including democratic consolidation, security, and economic prosperity," he added.

Price noted that "the OSCE election observation mission assessed both the October 8 elections and the October 30 run-offs as competitive and administered in a manner that respected the rights of candidates and voters".  

"Political leaders from across the spectrum played an important role in urging all their supporters to show restraint during the electoral period so that Georgian voters could freely make their own decisions," he said, adding that they look forward to working with the new government and parliament to support Georgia’s democratic and economic development, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.