Putin claims ‘hon­est and open’ vic­tory

Op­po­nents re­port elec­tion vi­o­la­tions de­spite mon­i­tors

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY NATASHA DOFF

MOSCOW | Prime Min­is­ter Vladimir Putin de­clared vic­tory in Sun­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which was marred by com­plaints of elec­tion vi­o­la­tions and voter fraud.

Mr. Putin said the elec­tion was “open and hon­est” as he ad­dressed thou­sands of sup­port­ers out­side the Krem­lin.

“We have won in an open and hon­est bat­tle,” he said in tearful re­marks, with out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Dmitry Medvedev stand­ing next to him. “I promised you we would win. We won. Glory to Rus­sia.”

Mr. Putin held the pres­i­dency for two four-year terms from 2000 to 2008, but stepped down to be­come prime min­is­ter be­cause the Rus­sian Con­sti­tu­tion pro­hib­ited him from seek­ing a third con­sec­u­tive term. His new term will be for six years be­cause of a change in the elec­tion law.

Exit polls showed Mr. Putin lead­ing with 58.3 per­cent of the vote, well be­yond the 50 per­cent bench­mark needed to avoid a sec­ond round of vot­ing, Rus­sia’s state-run poll­ster VTSIOM re­ported.

Com­mu­nist Party can­di­date Gen­nady Zyuganov fol­lowed with 17.7 per-

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