Georgia’s Governing party wins parliamentary elections

Georgian Dream winning 48.7 percent of the vote on party lists, while the opposition United National Movement led by former President Mikhail Saakashvili got 27.1 percent.

By: AP | Tbilisi | Updated: October 11, 2016 2:19 pm
Supporters of ruling Georgian Dream party take part in rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Two exit polls in Georgia's parliamentary election show the ruling party in the lead, but the polls differ sizeably on the margin of victory. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) File Photo: Supporters of ruling Georgian Dream party take part in rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Source: AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Georgia’s governing party has won a strong victory in national parliamentary elections.

Complete results on Tuesday showed the Georgian Dream winning 48.7 percent of the vote on party lists, while the opposition United National Movement led by former President Mikhail Saakashvili got 27.1 percent. The Alliance of Patriots, a pro-Russia group, won just over 5 percent required to be represented.

Nearly half of seats are yet to be filled in runoff single-ballot races next month, but Georgian Dream is expected to win most, further strengthening its control over parliament.

Georgian Dream, led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili who made his fortune in Russia, has pursued a two-pronged course of integrating more closely into the West while improving ties with Russia which were shattered under Saakashvili’s rule.

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