Ruling party claims victory in Georgia elections


Pro-western Georgian Dream, backed by billionaire former prime minister, wins initial 48.6% of votes versus 27.14% for its closest rival

Georgia’s fiercely contested parliamentary election has seen the ruling party claim a decisive victory, cementing its grip on the former Soviet nation.

On Monday, the electoral commission announced that Georgian Dream, a party supported by the billionaire former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, had received 48.6% of the vote in the proportional representation race.

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