On October 27, Georgians go to the polls to choose a new president to succeed outgoing incumbent Mikheil Saakashvili, who has ruled the country since 2003.
Under recent political reforms, the presidency's authority has been greatly diminished, with most of its powers transferred to the prime minister. So what's at stake?
A lot, actually.
RFE/RL held a
Google+ Hangout on this weekend's election with host Brian Whitmore, author of the Power Vertical blog.
He was joined by:
Salome Asatiani of RFE/RL's Georgian Service;
Tbilisi-based political analyst Ghia Nodia, director of the Caucasus Institute;
Thomas de Waal, a South Caucasus expert the Carnegie Center for International Peace in Washington; and
Laura Linderman, associate director for the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.