Georgia: Governing party wins majority in second round of voting

Georgian Dream took 48 seats in the runoff, giving the party a healthy majority of 115.

By: AP | Tbilisi | Published:October 31, 2016 2:40 pm
Georgia, Georgia elections, Georgia governing body, Georgia dream party, Georgia news, world news, latest news, indian express Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili casts his ballot during a parliamentary election runoff in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Leli Blagonravova/Presidential Press Service via AP)

Early results in the former Soviet republic of Georgia show the governing party winning a large majority of seats following the second round of parliamentary voting. Three weeks ago, the Georgian Dream party took 67 of the parliament’s 150 seats. Runoffs had to be staged for 50 other seats in which no candidate received a majority.

Central Election Commission chief Tamar Zhvaniya told reporters on Monday that the Georgian Dream took 48 seats in the runoff, giving the party a healthy majority of 115.

Only 37.5 percent of eligible voters participated in the runoffs.

Georgian Dream was started by tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, who made his fortune in Russia. He later became prime minister, but even after stepping down from the post he is still seen as the party’s dominant influence.