Medvedev wins landslide victory in Pres election: final results

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Moscow, Mar 8 (UNI) Dmitry Medvedev has won a landslide victory in the Russian presidential election on March 2.

According to the final figures announced at a session of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Mr Medvedev, nominated by the United Russia Party, received 70.28 per cent votes (52,530,712 votes), followed by Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, 17.72 per cent (13,243,550 votes).

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, received 9.35 per cent (6,988,510 votes) and Andrei Bogdanov, leader of the Democratic Party of Russia, 1.3 per cent (968,344 votes).

The voter turnout was 69.81 per cent. About 74,849,269 Russian voters took part in the election.

After the official summing up of the results, Mr Medvedev gets the status of President-elect. The inauguration of the new head of state is scheduled for May 7, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

UNI XC PD RN1654

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