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October 24, 2021

US and Russia hail Georgia parliamentary vote

Georgia’s leaders have been praised for a vote that is expected to deliver the country’s first democratic transfer of power in post-Soviet history, CNN reports.President Mikheil Saakashvili admitted defeat after the Georgian Dream bloc of his rival, Bidzina Ivanishvili, won Monday’s parliamentary election.Four years after Russia went to war with Georgia, Moscow said it hoped for an improvement in relations.The European Union and the US both hailed the vote. The White House called it “another milestone in Georgia’s democratic development”, and said the country had set a “regional and global example by conducting a competitive campaign”.The EU said Georgia had shown “a healthy respect for fundamental freedoms”.With almost all the results in from Georgia’s 3,766 polling stations, Mr Ivanishvili’s opposition coalition was heading for 55% of the vote in the party list vote which accounts for 77 seats in the 150-seat parliament. Georgian Dream supporters celebrated in the capital for a second night. Mr Saakashvili’s United National Movement was trailing with 40% of the vote. It was also behind in the first-past-the-post vote in the 73 constituencies that make up the other seats in parliament.

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