28 Oct 2018 21:00

United National Movement may stage riots in Georgia - Georgian Dream leader Ivanishvili

TBILISI. Oct 28 (Interfax) - The Georgian opposition party United National Movement might be planning riots in the country, leader of the ruling party Georgian Dream and former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said.

"The National Movement is planning excesses, but police and the relevant government agencies have been mobilized. I think they won't be able to do anything, but the National Movement always has this desire," Ivanishvili told journalists on Sunday evening.

In commenting on the findings of an exit poll conducted under a contract with Georgian Dream, Ivanishvili said these findings confirm that independent candidate Salome Zourabichvili supported by Georgian Dream is likely to win the election.

Ivanishvili, however, called for waiting for the Central Election Commission's official results.

"We have waited for this result, we have always said that there is going to be 53%-54%, and we are close to the exit poll's results, but this is just an exit poll, and so let's wait for the CEC's final results," Ivanishvili said.

The exit poll conducted by the Georgian organization Psychoproject showed that Zourabichvili got 52.3% of the vote and is followed by Grigol Vashadze of the opposition association Strength in Unity with 28.1% and David Bakradze of the European Georgia party with 9.2% of the vote.

Psychoproject interviewed 5,124 voters at 100 polling stations.