(CNN) The two major parties in Georgia each claimed victory in the nation's historic parliamentary elections as officials worked through the night to count the ballots. The ruling United National Movement and the Georgian Dream Coalition both said it would win a majority of seats in the new 150-member body. Billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who leads the underdog "Georgian Dream" alliance, claimed exit polls showed his alliance would win 100 seats. […]
If such polarization is institutionalized through a vote, it can be healthy, but when it's not it can create a dangerous and unpredictable environment, said Cory Welt, associate director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
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