While not as dramatic as last year's parliamentary elections, Georgia's October 27 presidential polls are a milestone in the country's transition to a parliamentary republic. Although the presidency will have reduced powers under constitutional amendments adopted in 2010, a slate of 23  candidates will contest the office. 

Washington-based analysts Thomas De Waal and Laura Linderman joined Tbilisi-based political analyst Ghia Nodia and Salome Asatiani of  RFE/RL's Georgian Service for a live discussion of the vote. It was moderated by RFE/RL's Brian Whitmore.