14 Mar '11, 6am

Putin's party wins Russia vote

Putin's party wins Russia vote

MOSCOW: Russia's ruling party scored a resounding victory Monday in regional elections that served as a closely watched test run for December's parliamentary and next year's presidential polls. Preliminary results showed United Russia with commanding leads in each of the 12 local legislative elections in a vote that the losing Communist Party said was riddled with fraud. Election monitors from Russia's Golos association also said the vote had been rigged. United Russia rides the coattails of its chairman and Russia's former president Vladimir Putin and already includes the vast majority of the country's political elite. The party's leader in parliament -- where it can pass Kremlin legislations without anyone else's support -- said the results showed that United Russia's dominance in Russia was here to stay. "This tells us that the country's political system ... works in th...

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