Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan respects Georgian people's will (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.4 / Trend, S.Agayeva /
Azerbaijan respects the will of the Georgian people, the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev told Trend on Thursday, commenting on the parliamentary elections held in Georgia.
Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on Oct.1. Around 14 parties and two political blocs participated in the elections.
Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on a mixed - list, majority system. Around 150 MPs must be elected - 77 on the lists (a passing barrier of five per cent) and 73 - single-seat constituencies.
Georgian Central Election Commission has counted data from 3,674 (99.4 percent) out of 3,766 polls so far.
According to initial information, the opposition coalition "Bidzina Ivanishvili - Georgian Dream" continues to lead - 54.9 percent (1,179,930 votes).
The ruling party - "United National Movement-More Benefit for people" ranks second - 40.35 percent (867,102 votes)
They are followed by "Giorgi Targamadze - Christian-Democratic Movement" - 2.04 percent (43,913 votes), "Shalva Natelashvili - Labour Party of Georgia" - 1.2 percent (26,674 votes).
Parliament will receive more authority in 2013 after amendments to the constitution take effect resulting in the president's power being reduced.