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Georgian Dream are Champions

Author: By Zaza Jgharkava

In the second round of elections held on July 12, the governmental political coalition won, proving right the prediction of the Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili. Similar to the German football team, the Georgian Dream took the grand prize on a mid-summer weekend. After the second round of the self-government elections, Georgian Dream acquired a full monopoly of the Georgian political market. The political protйgй of the ex-Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will now control all 71 Sakrebulos and all executive bodies of self-government units. Despite this election triumph, the Georgian Dream is now facing more challenges than ever before.

The statistics of the second round reaffirmed the commonly held opinion that the trust mandate granted two years before on the parliamentary elections is vanishing like La Peau de chagrin. If in the first round of elections, the voter turnout was 36.3 per cent, in the second round it decreased to 34 per cent, which amounts to 1,228,709 voters. Therefore, 2,385,142 or 66 per cent of voters did not participate in these elections. And it means that the victory of Georgian Dream is conditional.

The head of the election technology center told InterPressNews that the government made good use of the electoral legislation and at the expense of voters who did not attend elections created the illusion of success. The government should realize that the trust mandate granted to Georgian Dream in 2012 is not limitless and it is showing signs of exhausting. If the government continues managing the country the same way that it has done since October 2012, it will suffer defeat.

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