Georgian opposition leader predicts election victory
Georgian opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili said he believed his opposition coalition had won a parliamentary election on Monday, despite the ruling party's own claim of victory.
Shortly after a spokeswoman for President Mikheil Saakashvili's United National Movement said the ruling party would have a majority in the 150-seat parliament, Ivanishvili said he expected his Georgian Dream to win at least 100 seats.
The rival claims could open the way to a post-election standoff. Any instability would worry the West because of the Caucasus country's role as a conduit for Caspian Sea energy supplies to Europe and its pivotal location between Russia, Iran, Turkey and Central Asia.
Georgian opposition is winning the parliamentary elections, both pro-government and opposition media say in their exit polls.
According to pro-government Imedi TV and Rustavi 2, Ivanishvili’s opposition bloc leads with 35% while Saakashvili’s party scores 30%.
Opposition TV Maestro claims that Ivanishvili’s party has gained 63% leaving Saakashvili behind with 27%.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's ruling party claimed victory over the opposition Georgian Dream coalition in a parliamentary election on Monday, despite exit polls pointing to a close race.
Ivanishvili’s bloc is leading Georgia’s parliamentary elections with 35%, while Saakashvili’s ruling party has gained 30%, according to pro-government exit poll.
According to the opposition League of Voters, Ivanishvili’s bloc is leading Georgia’s parliamentary elections with 70.24% while President Saakashvili’s ruling party scores 24.66%
RIA, Interfax, Reuters