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OSCE says Georgian parliament vote was competitive with some flaws

TBILISI (Reuters) - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said on Sunday that a parliamentary election held in Georgia the previous day had been competitive and that fundamental freedoms had generally been respected.

The OSCE gave the election a broadly positive assessment in a statement, but flagged up allegations of pressure on voters and a blurring of the line between the ruling party and the state, which it said “reduced public confidence in some aspects of the election process.”

With almost 95% of the votes in, data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) gave the ruling Georgian Dream party 48.12% of the vote and the largest opposition party, the United National Movement (UNM), 26.94%.

According to preliminary results, several other opposition parties managed to clear the 1% threshold to win seats in parliament.

Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Tom Balmforth