Allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin comfortably won a parliamentary election, early results showed on Monday, but low turnout suggested a softening of enthusiasm for the ruling elite 18 months before the next presidential election.
The ruling United Russia party won 51 per cent in Sunday’s election, according to a preliminary central election commission tally after a quarter of the votes had been counted.
That would allow the party, which was founded by Putin and benefits from his popularity, to extend its dominance in the lower house of parliament, or Duma. An exit poll also had United Russia as the overwhelming winner.
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Source: New Age