TBILISI Oct 8 The ruling Georgian Dream party
won a parliamentary election in ex-Soviet Georgia on Saturday,
two exit polls showed.
The first poll, conducted by international market researcher
Kantar Public, put Georgian Dream on 53.8 percent. The second
poll, conducted by international market researcher GfK, gave it
Both polls put the opposition UNM party in second place.
According to Kantar, UNM obtained 19.5 percent. GfK said UNM -
founded by former president Mikheil Saakashvili - got 32.74
The pro-Russian Alliance of Patriots also cleared the 5
percent threshold needed to secure a place in the 150-seat
parliament, both exit polls showed.
The election is seen as a test of stability in a country
criss-crossed by strategically important oil and gas pipelines
and traditionally buffeted between Russia and the West.
(Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Andrew Osborn)