KOMMERSANT (Russia) RADIO SVOBODA (Russia)
TBILISI - Celebrations continued into Tuesday morning in the capital as the opposition coalition “Georgian Dream” led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, scored a surprise victory in Georgian parliamentary elections.
Pro-government forces conceded defeat, saying the opposition obtained 51% of the vote. According to the opposition television channel, the results were a landslide - 63% for Georgian Dream, Kommersant reports.
Opposition leaders had levied complaints earlier in the day of unfair voting practice, saying there were some places where fair-election observers were not allowed and polls where people voted with false passports, Kommersant reports.
The stakes were high, with both the government and the opposition movement saying the vote came at a crucial juncture for the country’s future. President Mikhail Saakashvili has said that the “fate of the Georgian state hangs in the balance,” Kommersant reports.
The opposition, which had been mobilized last weeks in protests over revelations of torture in Georgian prisons, filled the capital’s main square to follow the results of the exit polls.
Watch the video from Radio Svoboda below to see the opposition voters celebrating in Tbilisi.