Putin wins presidential polls with 64 percent of votes

By IANS,

Moscow : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has won the presidential election with about 64 percent of the votes, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Monday.


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CEC Chairman Vladimir Churov announced the preliminary result of the election after 99.30 percent of the ballots were counted early Monday, Xinhua reported.

Putin had obtained 63.75 percent of the votes and Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov 17.19 percent.

Independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov came in third with 7.82 percent.

Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky got 6.23 percent of the votes and 3.85 percent to A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov.

Churov said the error between the preliminary result and the final one would be no more than 0.1 percent.

The turnout in the election was 65.3 percent, slightly lower from the 69.7 percent in 2008 but higher than the 64.3 percent in 2004.

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