TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili concedes that his National Movement party has been defeated in the parliamentary election in districts with the proportional system, but won in districts with majoritarian candidates.
Saakashvili thanked people for voting and freely making their own choice.
The president said votes still are being counted and several more hours are needed to have complete picture.
Mikheil Saakashvili remarked that Georgian Dream is ahead in districts with the proportional system, but National Movement wins in majoritarian districts. He explained that Georgia’s parliamentary system is divided into two parts, where MPs are elected by a proportional and majoritarian system to present vote of each citizen from each region in the parliament.
He also said that it is clear that Georgian Dream got a majority of votes in Tbilisi, the capital, and that the National Movement was leading in districts with the proportional system in the regions. The election has been conducted despite a campaign which was tense emotionally and often very dirty, he added.
The first official results are expected to be published by the Central Election Commission at 3 am local time.
Downtown Tbilisi is currently filled by opposition sympathizers celebrating the apparent victory.