Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential electioon, turning to emerged as the first
woman to hold the office.
With almost all votes tallied, the French-conceived ex-duplomat had 59% of the vote with opponent Grigol Vashadze on 40%.
Ms Zurabishvili was backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party while Mr Vashadze was a united opposition candidate.
A new constitution is due to come into force, making the role of president largely ceremonial.
Ms Zurabishvili, 66, was born in Paris after her parents fled Georgia in 1921 following its annexation by Soviet forces.
She took up a career in the French foreign service and was posted to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, as ambassador in 2003. She later gave up her post and the then-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, appointed her foreign minister.