Georgian local elections, 2014
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The Georgian local self-government election, 2014, (Georgian: საქართველოს ადგილობრივი თვითმმართველობის ორგანოების არჩევნები) was held on June 15, 2014, to elect the councils of local government, sakrebulo, and the Mayor of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
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The previous local election in Georgia was held in May 2010 and resulted in the overwhelming victory of the United National Movement (UNM) party, chaired by then-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili. The 2014 election will be held in a changed political climate as the UNM lost its position of a ruling party to Bidzina Ivanishvili-led Georgian Dream coalition in the parliamentary election of 2012 and Saakashvili's second and final presidential term expires in 2013. After the Georgian Dream's accession to power, the bodies of local government became political battlegrounds and many members of the local councils abandoned the UNM. Both the UNM leadership and political analysts see the local elections of 2014 as a chance for the UNM to stage a political comeback.
In the Tbilisi mayoral election, the candidate of the Georgian Dream coalition, David Narmania, received 46.13%, Nika Melia of the United National Movement received 27.91%, Dimitri Lortkipanidze of the Nino Burjanadze - United Opposition coalition received 12.82%, and Irma Inashvili of the Alliance of Patriots Georgia received 5.37%. Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote a runoff was held on June 28.
In the Tbilisi city council elections the Georgian Dream coalition received 45.92%, the United National Movement received 26.18%, the Nino Burjanadze - United Opposition coalition received 10.51%, and the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia received 6.3%. No other party crossed the 4% barrier to win representation.
Nationally, Georgian Dream received 51%, United National Movement received 22%, the Nino Burjanadze - United Opposition coalition received 10%, and the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia received 4.72%.
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