Mikheil Saakashvili acknowledges Georgian Dream victory in proportional system
After the publication of exit poll information, Mikheil Saakashvili
addressed the Georgian nation and thanked everybody for their participation in
the elections. He accepted the victory of Georgian Dream in the
proportional system, but still hopes for United National Movement
victory in the first-past-the-post system.
The opposition coalition, headed by billionaire businessman Bidzina
Ivanishvili, is leading the parliamentary elections in Georgia, exit
Georgia voted in parliamentary elections on Monday amid heated
rhetoric from its two major political forces and fears of
post-election violence in this small, yet strategically important
South Caucasus country with aspirations to EU and Nato membership.
The Georgian Dream coalition took 51 percent of the vote, while the
ruling United National Movement (UNM) led by President Mikheil
Saakashvili won 41 percent, exit polls by pro-government Rustavi 2
and Imedi TV indicate.