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Georgian Dream leads Parliamentary Elections in Georgia

Georgian Dream leads Parliamentary Elections in GeorgiaGeorgia’s Central Election Commission has counted 99.92 percent of all votes cast in Saturday's Parliamentary Elections in Georgia.

Latest preliminary results show three parties will enter Parliament - Georgian Dream, United National Movement (UNM) and Alliance of Patriots.

According to Georgian legislation, a party must gain at least five percent of total votes to enter Parliament.

The ruling Georgian Dream party has so far received 48.6 per cent of the vote, while the main opposition United National Movement is currently in second with 27.14 per cent.

The ultranationalist, pro-Russian Alliance of Patriots currently sits third with exactly 5 per cent of the vote.

Former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania’s Free Democrats with 4.61 per cent, the Labor Party at 3.13 per cent and parliamentary speaker David Usupashvili’s Republican Party with 1.55 per cent are all well below the 5 per cent threshold needed to enter the new government.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said on Sunday the election had been competitive and that fundamental freedoms had been generally respected.

With some parties threatening to organize street protests if they do not get into parliament, the government is likely to use the OSCE's assessment to bolster its assertion that the vote was largely fair despite some problems.
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