How Gamsakhurdia, Shevardnadze, Saakashvili and Margvelashvili were sworn in
A JAMnews collage on the inaugurations of the country’s four previous presidents
In 1991, dissident and philologist Zviad Gamsakhurdia became Georgia’s first president. A year later, a military coup occurred in Georgia, as a result of which Gamsakhurdia was overthrown and ousted from the country.
The second president of Georgia, elected in 1995, was the former USSR Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze. He led Georgia for 11 years, and was forced to resign in 2003 as a result of the Rose Revolution. This photo shows his inauguration ceremony. He was re-elected for a second term. April 30, 2000. REUTERS
Mikheil Saakashvili was elected the third president of Georgia in 2003. The inauguration of Saakashvili took place on January 25, 2004 exactly after two months ago the Rose Revolution began. In the presidential election on January 4, 2004, Saakashvili won 96.24% of the vote.
The inauguration of Mikhail Saakashvili on January 20, 2008. In the early presidential elections on January 4, 2008, Saakashvili scored a relatively smaller number of votes - 53.47%. It was the lowest index of the winner of presidential elections in the history of Georgia. Photo: inauguration of the third President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, elected for a second term. REUTERS / David Mdzinarishvili
Photo: The territory adjacent to the parliament building during the inauguration of Mikhail Saakashvili in 2008. The inauguration ceremony was open to the public. REUTERS / David Mdzinarishvili
Photo: at the inauguration of Giorgi Margvelashvili. Tbilisi, November 17, 2013. REUTERS / David Mdzinarishvili