Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s ruling party and its rivals, an opposition coalition led by Georgia’s wealthiest man, are both claiming victory in today’s parliamentary elections. The private Imedi channel reported that Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream party would win more seats in parliament, while an exit poll reported by the Georgian Public Broadcaster said both parties had 33% of the parliament seats up for grabs. The ruling party made a more definitive claim saying its party had won a majority in parliament, while opposition leaders said they believed they would dominate. Perhaps the truth (though unlikely) can be found on Russian television, where footage is being shown of opposition members celebrating their victory by zipping around the capital city in cars and waving flags. Firm numbers will not come out until later, but the prospect of a post-election standoff is increasing.
By Stephanie Gruner Buckley
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