Ruling party in Tbilisi again wins majority
It occupies 90 out of the 150 seats in the new parliamentEuropost , Brussels
The majority system candidates for MPs from the ruling party “Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia” won in all 17 constituencies in which a second round of parliamentary elections took place on Saturday.
With these results, now the ruling party occupies 90 seats in the 150-seat parliament, according to Irakly Kobakhidze, the party’s Executive Secretary.
The vote on Saturday was in 17 of the 30 single-seat constituencies, eight of which are in the capital, Tbilisi.
Giorgi Gakharia, Georgia’s PM, told the opposition that no matter how big is the difference between them, they have to learn to work together. “This is how a European state is built.”
The Georgian opposition said that they are not recognising the results of the first round on 31 October and boycotted the second. In the first round, the ruling party received 48.22% percent of the vote and won in 13 single-seat constituencies. In second place was The United Opposition Bloc, which includes former President Mikhail Saakashvili 's United National Movement party, ranked second in the elections, gaining 27.18%.
Georgia's parliamentary elections were held under a new, mixed electoral system: out of 150 MPs, 120 were elected by proportional system through party lists and 30 through majority system.