Supporters of the United National Movement, a leading opposition party, rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
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A close parliamentary election in Georgia Saturday is being seen as a test of stability in the ex-Soviet state after a car bombing and a shooting marred the run-up to the vote.Georgia fought and lost a short war with Russia in 2008 and both the government and the opposition would like to see it join the European Union and NATO one day. Georgian Dream also favors stronger ties with Russia.Originally a coalition of six parties, Georgian Dream was founded by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who made his fortune in Russia. It came to power in 2012, ending the nine-year rule of former President Mikheil Saakashvili's UNM.
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