The former Soviet satellite nation Georgia went to the polls Monday, and early returns suggest at least a popular-vote victory for billionaire challenger Bidzina Ivanishvili over President Mikheil Saakashvili's United National Movement (UNM) party. With 18 percent of the vote counted, Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition led the UNM 53 percent to 42 percent, and cars sporting Dream flags paraded through Tbilisi, the capital. Saakashvili, a pro-Western leader who came to power in 2003's peaceful Rose Revolution, and Ivanishvili, who made his fortune in Russia before returning home to dole it out through philanthropy, both claim their parties will hold a majority of seats in parliament, apportioned through a complicated mix of party seats and individual constituencies.
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