Georgian Dream win election
President Mikheil Saakashvili and the ruling United National Movement (UNM) have conceded that they have lost the 1st October general election.
The Central Election Commission has still not released figures for constituency results, but the Georgian Dream coalition is known to have won around 54% of the party list proportional votes. The UNM took around 40% of the votes and no other parties appear to have crossed the 3% barrier required for representation in the parliament.
There have been protests by Georgian Dream supporters in around ten districts which have delayed the announcements of the full results, but Georgian Dream is believed to have won 39 constituencies whilst the UNM has won 34 seats.
Discussions will start today between the UNM government and representatives of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream to try and ensure a peaceful handover of government. An announcement about the new government is expected to take place quickly as well as the more pro-Russian coalition takes control of the country.