Article published on the 2008-05-22 Latest update 2008-05-23 09:37 TU
The main opposition bloc, which took 18 per cent according to earlier incomplete results, stepped up criticism of what it says was a rigged poll. Some opposition figures have called for a rally on Monday, raising fears of renewed political instability.
The elections were closely watched by international observers, following a crackdown on opposition protests last November.
Saakhashvili has been pushing for Georgia to join Nato, to try bolster the country in a standoff with Russia, and has been told to prove his democratic credentials in this election.
Rebels in two separatist Georgian regions, Abkhazia and South
But the OSCE also said there had been substantial progress since Saakashvili won the presidential poll in January this year. Lithuania and Poland said that reports from their observers led them to believe that "Georgia has passed the democracy exam"; the presidents of the two countries called for Georgia to be supported in its application for EU and NATO integration.
The EU itself was positive but reserved. The EU commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, described the vote as "not perfect" but showing "substantial progress".