Georgia's Governing Party Says 'No' to Snap Vote as Exit Poll Shows Lead in Local Elections
© AP Photo / Shakh AivazovA man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, casts his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. The hotly contested election between the Georgian Dream party, created by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili who made his fortune in Russia and has held a strong majority in parliament for eight years, and an alliance around the country's ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is in self-imposed exile in Ukraine.
© AP Photo / Shakh Aivazov
TBILISI, October 2 (Sputnik) - Georgia's governing party, Georgian Dream, confirmed on Saturday that there will be no snap parliamentary elections after an exit poll showed it leading in local elections.
"The next [parliamentary] elections will take place in 2024, thus we have three years to develop our political spectrum", Kakha Kaladze, the party's secretary-general and Tbilisi mayor, told a briefing.
Earlier in the day, a poll by Georgian broadcaster Imedi showed the Georgian Dream winning 47.6% of votes. Former President Mikheil Saakashvili's United National Movement party currently has 27.1%, according to the poll.
Under an EU-brokered deal, early parliamentary elections should be called in 2022 if the ruling party gets less than 43% in these local elections. The Georgian Dream withdrew from the deal in August, accusing the opposition United National Movement of ignoring its commitments under the agreement