TBILISI, Georgia | Georgians choose new president directly for last time

TBILISI, Georgia | Georgians choose new president directly for last time

TBILISI, Georgia  — Voters in Georgia are choosing a new president for the former Soviet republic, the last time the president will be elected by direct ballot.

Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s election suggested that none of the 25 candidates is likely to receive the absolute majority need for a first-round win. If no one wins 50 percent support, a runoff between the top two candidates is to be held by Dec. 1.

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