Thousands of supporters of the Georgian Dream coalition
celebrated in the streets of the capital Tbilisi after the
election on Monday, sounding car horns and carrying blue party
banners and red-on-white national flags over their heads.
“I expect that we will get no less than 100 seats in the new
(150 seat) parliament,” the coalition’s leader, wealthy tycoon
Bidzina Ivanishvili, told a cheering crowd. “I have achieved
what I have long been striving for.”
But a tense stand-off loomed over the results of the poll,
which under Georgia’s electoral system allocates 77 of the 150
parliament seats according to party lists and the other 73
according to constituent victories.