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Counting of votes almost completed

by | Oct 3, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – The counting of votes is almost finished in Georgia and results show that the opposition leads with 55.1 percent, against the ruling National Movement with 40.1 percent of votes.

The other parties seem to not overcome the 5 percent barrier for getting seats in the parliament.

These results include votes from 3503 out of 3766 districts.

According to the latest results, Georgian Dream majoritarian candidates are winning in 39 districts (54%); the National Movement wins in 33 districts (46%).

Supporters of Bidzina Ivanishvili and his coalition started celebrating early victory yesterday night when the first exit polls were published.

Screens were installed on Freedom Square for supporters to watch the results together.

Celebrations continued Tuesday evening. Youths in cars drive through the center of Tbilisi shouting and waving flags, while others greet them in the streets and congratulate them.

Tuesday morning, President Mikheil Saakashvili conceded defeat and said that his party will now be in opposition and will fight to preserve its achievements and the country’s further development.

Ivanishvili held a press conference discussing his future plans and what the newly elected parliament will do. He said it would be wise for Saakashvili to step down and announce early election for president. The next presidential election is planned for late 2013.



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