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Putin calls victory ‘sign of trust’ in government

President Vladimir Putin declared that his party’s imposing victory in parliamentary elections was a “sign of trust” that had conferred new legitimacy on the government. But European monitors and opposition parties harshly criticized the balloting, saying it had been neither free nor fair. The final tally from the vote on Sunday showed that Putin’s party, United Russia, had received 64.1 percent, giving it roughly 315 seats in the 450-seat Duma, or lower house of Parliament, which would be enough votes to amend the Constitution. Far behind was the Communist Party, with 11.6 percent, or 57 seats. Two other parties allied with Putin – the Liberal Democrats and Just Russia – are also to receive seats. Full Story

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