Georgia’s ruling party wins parliamentary election

May 23rd, 2008 - 8:25 pm ICT by admin  

Moscow, May 23 (Xinhua) Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement has won the May 21 parliamentary election with 59.5 percent of the vote, the Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced Friday. According to the latest reports, Saakashvili has pledged to cooperate with other blocs in the new parliament.

There are around 3.7 million registered voters and voter turnout in the one-day elections was 55 percent, the CEC said.

Some 500 international observers, alongside hundreds of domestic ones, monitored the voting.

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

The country last held parliamentary polls in March 2004.

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