Former AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze elected as mayor of Tbilisi

Georgia's election administration confirms that former AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze has been elected as mayor of Tbilisi, the country's capital.

Former AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze has been elected mayor of Georgia's capital city Tbilisi.

The country's election administration said on its website that the 39-year-old won 51% of the vote in Saturday's municipal election.

Kaladze, who won the Champions League twice during a nine-year spell with the Rossoneri, retired from football in 2012 to devote himself to politics.

The former Georgia captain campaigned alongside billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili to challenge then-president Mikheil Saakashvili.

Kaladze, who won 83 caps for his country, became energy minister in October that year after Ivanishvili's coalition won a shock parliamentary election victory over Saakashvili's party.

The former Dinamo Tbilisi and Dynamo Kyiv player subsequently resigned from the position in July so that he could run for office in Tbilisi, which has a population of 1.2 million people.

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