Opposition supporters in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 1/10/12
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Georgia elections: Rival parties claim early victory

Georgia's governing party and the opposition have both claimed victory in the country's parliamentary elections.

Early results suggest the opposition Georgian Dream coalition, led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, had a clear lead in votes for party lists.

It is the biggest test of President Mikheil Saakashvili's popularity since he came to power in 2003.

The BBC's Damien McGuinness spoke to Martine Dennis from Tbilisi.

  • 02 Oct 2012