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Georgia’s Ruling Party Wins Parliament Election, Results Show

  • Georgian Dream 49.3%, UNM 26.5% with regional runoff likely
  • Monitors declare ‘positive election’ amid isolated incidents

Georgian Dream won parliamentary elections, retaining power by edging the party of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, according to preliminary results from the Central Elections Commission.

The party received 49.3 percent of the vote in the Black Sea country with 26.5 percent for United National Movement, according to the commission website. The Alliance of Patriots of Georgia party exceeded the 5 percent threshold to qualify for seats. For districts where no candidate won a majority in the Saturday vote, a runoff is likely in two weeks. The commission had counted 82.6 percent of ballots by Sunday afternoon.