Georgia’s ruling party leading in parliamentary polls

May 22nd, 2008 - 4:52 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Tbilisi (Georgia), May 22 (RIA Novosti) President Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement is leading in Georgia’s parliamentary polls with almost 59.78 percent of the vote, early official results said Thursday. With 12 percent of the vote counted, the main opposition combine the United Opposition is in second place with 15.42 percent, according to the Central Election Commission.

An exit poll carried out by QEV Analytics, the Jaan Tonosson Institute and the Ukrainian Initiative Fund said Wednesday the ruling party had gained 63.2 percent in the elections.

The opposition, which met in the capital for a late night protest after voting had finished, has threatened to start a “people’s rebellion” if they suspect the elections have been rigged.

Voting was not held in the country’s two breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the cause of recent rising tensions with Russia.

These are the seventh parliamentary elections to be held in Georgia since it proclaimed independence in 1991. The country last held parliamentary polls in March 2004.
RIA Novosti

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