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Opposition street rallies underway in Tbilisi

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Georgia’s opposition has urged street protests after an election they claimed was rigged, despite a call for restraint from the United States.

Partial results show opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze scored about 23 percent.

It is a figure he refuses to accept: “Despite the fact that the protocols have been changed throughout the night and are still being changed, this government is completely hysterical and in agony because we have won across the whole of Georgia,” he said.

Several thousand people have already begun to gather in the capital.

A few hours earlier, buses with riot police and soldiers moved into central Tbilisi.

Final results are due this evening. However the bad weather is causing delays.