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Putin's Party Wins Electoral Landslide



The Morning Star, London, 20 September 2016


Russian President Vladimir Putin's party won an overwhelming majority in
Sunday's parliamentary elections, early results showed yesterday.


With 93 per cent of the votes counted, United Russia was on track to take
343 of the 450 seats in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, with
54 per cent of the vote, Central Elections Commission head Ella Pamfilova


Turnout was unusually low at under 50 per cent. The final count is due to be
announced on Friday.


The more than 100-seat gain came at the expense of the Communist Party of
the Russian Federation, down from 92 seats in 2011 to 42 with 13.5 per cent
of the vote.


The Liberal Democrats won 39 and the right-wing A Just Russia 23. Other
parties failed to reach the threshold for election to the Duma.






























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