|Published : 19 Sep 2016, 12:38:54|
Putin-backed party eyes wide-margin win in Russian parliamentary election
The ruling United Russia party has 54.2 per cent of the vote after 90 per cent ballots were counted on Monday in Russia's parliamentary election, data from the election commission showed.
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.
Putin, speaking to United Russia campaign staff a few minutes after polling stations closed on Sunday night, said the win showed voters still trusted the leadership despite an economic slowdown made worse by Western sanctions over Ukraine.
Putin's aides are likely to use the result as a springboard for his own campaign for re-election in 2018, though he has not yet confirmed that he will seek another term.
"We can say with certainty that the party has achieved a very good result; it's won," Putin said at the United Russia headquarters, where he arrived together with his ally, Dmitry Medvedev, who is prime minister and the party's leader.
Other parties trailed far behind United Russia.
According to the incomplete official vote count, The Communist party was in second place with 13.5 per cent of the vote, followed by the Liberal Democrats party (LDPR) on 13.3 per cent and the Just Russia party on 6.2 per cent; according to Reuters.