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Election poses challenge for Georgia's Saakashvili

1:46 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
Supporters of oppositional leader Viktor Yushchenko camped in downtown Kiev greets Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvil i(C) when he visited the camp. Georgia's pro-Western President Mikhail Saakashvili flew into the Ukrainian capital on Friday to ring in the 2005 New Year together with 'orange revolution' hero Viktor Yushchenko. (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - Georgia's president is warning that the upcoming parliamentary election may threaten to take the country back to a dark past of organized crime and Russian domination.
    
Mikhail Saakashvili's party, the United National Movement, now holds nearly 80 percent of the seats in parliament, but is facing a tough challenge in Monday's vote from Georgian Dream, a coalition formed by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who made his fortune in Russia.
    
Speaking to tens of thousands of supporters Friday night, Saakashvili cast the vote as a choice between moving forward or falling back into the past. After Saakashvili's second and last term ends next year, the party that has a majority in parliament will name the prime minister, who will acquire many of the powers now held by the president.

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9/28/2012 2:16:12 PM (GMT -4:00)

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