Dream election is triumph for Georgia democracy

Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili is set to become Georgia’s new prime minister (photo:dpa)
Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili is set to become Georgia’s new prime minister (photo:dpa)

As Georgia’s opposition party – Georgian Dream - celebrates victory in the country’s parliamentary elections, the international community will be watching and waiting with interest - and concern - as prime minister-in-waiting Bidzina Ivanishvili – described by the ruling party United National Movement as a Russian stooge – prepares to lead his six-party coalition and promises closer ties with Moscow.

GEORGIA’S parliamentary election was a true victory for democracy.

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Until polling day on October 1 2012, it looked as though the Western-backed President Mikheil Saakashvili’s ruling party, United National Movement (UNM), was heading ...

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