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Preliminary Results Show Georgian Dream Won Most Mayoral Runoffs

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Final preliminary election results suggest that Georgian Dream won five out of six mayoral runoffs that were held on November 12, three weeks after the ruling coalition won victories in most constituencies in the first round, RFE/RL reports.

According to figures released by the Central Election Commission, Georgian Dream candidates won the mayoral seats in Georgia's second-largest city, Kutaisi, as well as Borjomi, Kazbegi, Khashuri, and Martvili constituencies.

However, the coalition’s candidate in Ozurgeti narrowly lost to an independent candidate.

The overall turnout was 33.2 percent, according to the election commission.

In the first round held on October 21, Georgian Dream won in all constituencies under the proportional contest and secured 63 out of 64 mayoral positions, including in the capital, Tbilisi.

The countrywide local elections were seen by many as a key test for Georgian Dream ahead of next year's presidential election.

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