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Saturday 26 May 2018

Vladimir Putin formally declared winner in Russian presidential vote

The Central Election Commission said he won almost 77% of the vote.

Vladimir Putin at his campaign headquarters in Moscow (Sergei Chirikov/Pool photo via AP)
Vladimir Putin at his campaign headquarters in Moscow (Sergei Chirikov/Pool photo via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Russian electoral officials have officially declared incumbent President Vladimir Putin the winner of last Sunday’s election.

The Central Election Commission on Friday issued final results, showing that Mr Putin won nearly 77% of the vote.

Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin came second with nearly 12%.

The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting.

But Ella Pamfilova, chairwoman of the Election Commission, said at the commission’s session on Friday that the vote was free and fair.

Sunday’s win will keep Mr Putin in office until 2024.

Press Association

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