The opposition in the former Soviet republic of Georgia has alleged that the vote in which the ruling party is claiming victory following October 31’s closely contested parliamentary election was rigged, following which it staged a rally in protest, outside parliament on November 1.
As per the election officials, the ruling Georgian Dream, or GD, led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, garnered about 48 per cent of the vote, the preliminary results showed, while the opposition United National Movement, or UNM, of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, secured the second spot with 27 per cent. European Georgia, a party that split from the UNM in 2017 trailed with roughly 4 per cent.
“This is a big win. Free and fair elections are main achievement of Georgian Dream,” said Irakli Kobakhidze, Georgian Dream’s executive secretary.