Putin Wins Russian Presidential Elections

Putin Wins Russian Presidential Elections Moscow, Mar 5. – Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Head Vladimir Churov on Monday announced the extra-official result of the presidential elections, in which Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won 63.75 percent of votes.

Churov stated that, after counting more than 99.9 percent of the ballots, Putin had 45,109,640 votes. The turnout was 65.3 percent, five points above the December 4 parliamentary elections.

After thanking the press for its attitude and for monitoring the elections, Churov said that the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Guennadi Ziuganov, had won 17.19 percent of votes (12,166,215).

Tycoon and independent candidate Mikhail Projorov won 7.82 percent of votes (5,536,536), and the top leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovski, had 6.23 percent (4,409,238 votes).

The leader of the social democratic Just Russia Party, Sergei Mironov sits last, with 3.85 percent (2,721,774 votes).(Prensa Latina)