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Georgians vote in test of country's stability

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>> Georgia votes in an election seen as a test of the country's stability on Saturday under the watchful eye of European observers. The ex-Soviet state is full of strategically important oil and gas pipelines. Whilst a fifth of Georgian territory is still under the control of pro-Russian separatists. Polls suggest the ruling Georgian Dream party is likely to win.
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It came to power in 2012 and is funded by the country's richest man, who made his fortune in Russia. But there's also strong support for the opposition, the United National Movement and it's thought that many voters are still undecided. The country's coming out of a deep financial slowdown that has damaged living standards.
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Many Georgians accuse the government of mishandling the economy. And some western countries say the Dream party has applied justice selectively. With dozen of ex-officials arrested on charges such as abuse of power. Both sides want Georgia to join the European Union and NATO, but to move in that direction would be strongly resisted by Moscow.