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Russia ruling party support falls in Duma election

12-05-2011 08:31 BJT Special Report:Russia Presidential Election 2012 |

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Exit polls show that Russia’s four parties have gained enough votes to enter the sixth State Duma. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party United Russia gains with less than 50 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

One exit poll show United Russia gain 48.5 percent, and another had it winning 46 percent. That means the ruling party loses its two-thirds majority in the new Duma.

The other three parties -- the Communists, the Liberal Democrats and A Just Russia, have also gained enough votes to enter parliament.

Russia's independent election monitor Golos deputy director Grigory Melkonyants, left, and Golos research chief Alexander Kynev attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. The leader of Russia's only independent election monitor was detained at a Moscow airport for 12 hours, a colleague said Saturday - the latest government pressure on a watchdog that has documented thousands of election law violations ahead of Sunday's parliamentary vote. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Officials have begun counting votes, starting in the far eastern regions.

Elena Sisoeva, head of polling station, said, "The day went well, the elections are finished. There were no election violations. Many voters turned up and we now are counting the ballots."

Putin wanted to see United Russia do well as a sign of support for his return to the presidency.

He’s also warned a parliament with a wide array of parties would lead to political instability.

However, projections give the party just 220 of the 450 State Duma seats, far below the 315 it won in 2007.

Russian media say some 55 percent of the country’s 110 million eligible voters cast ballots, including those at overseas polling stations in 140 countries. Some 3,000 candidates were registered on the federal lists.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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