Elections in Georgia: Parliamentary elections kick off in Georgia

10:30 Oct. 8, 2016

Parliamentary elections kick off in Georgia

Women pass election posters of various candidates ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

Mikheil Saakashvili earlier said he'd return to country if his party wins elections

The Parliamentary elections kicked off in Georgia on Saturday, October 8. The country is choosing the next 150 lawmakers who will steer the direction the nation will go for the next 4 years.

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The competition is ongoing between two political powers – the ruling party Georgian Dream and the opposition, United National Movement, whose leader is considered to be current Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili, Deutsche Welle reports.

Both parties promise a pro-European vector for the country, but UNM supports a much harsher approach to the relations with Russia.

Read also: Georgia marks eighth anniversary of war with Russia

Different polls and experts say that the pro-government Georgian Dream is expected to win the elections by gaining 25-35 percent of the votes, with UNM finishing second with approximately 20 percent.

To enter the Parliament parties must exceed the 5 percent electoral threshold. 

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