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Zurabishvili Poised To Win Georgia’s Presidential Runoff

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Georgia’s ruling party candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, is poised to win the presidential runoff in the South Caucasus country, preliminary results showed, even as the opposition called for protests over alleged fraud.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) said French-born Zurabishvili, who has the backing of billionaire former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s ruling Georgian Dream party, had about 58 percent of the November 28 vote, based on results from 49 percent of the polling stations.

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Grigol Vashadze, the candidate supported by opposition groups led by the United National Movement founded by ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, had 42 percent, the CEC said on its website…

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