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Tensions surround Georgia's parliamentary election

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Tensions surround Georgia's parliamentary election

Tensions surround Georgia's parliamentary election
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Voters go to the polls on Monday in Georgia’s parliamentary election.

Surveys show support for President Mikhail Saksahvilli’s United National Movement party has dropped since two TV channels aired a video of prison guards abusing and raping inmates.

The opinion polls also say that as many as 40 percent of voters still undecided.

Opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishviliand his Georgian Dream coalition says the government’s liberal economic reforms have failed to deliver promised new jobs and higher living standards.
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Poverty and unemployment rates in Georgia remain high. The official jobless rate stands at 16.4 percent.