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.