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Putin ‘Wins’ Reelection With 76% of the Vote

The Russian leader, who has effectively led Russia every year since 1999, won reelection by a wide margin, in an contest European observers said was "overly controlled."

By NTK Staff | 03.19.2018 @10:00am
Putin ‘Wins’ Reelection With 76% of the Vote

Vladimir Putin, the Russian powerhouse who has effectively led the country for almost 20 years, won reelection to a six-year term over the weekend in a contest European observers said was open but “overly controlled.”

The Wall Street Journal and others reported on Putin’s ‘win’:

With just over three quarters of the ballots counted, Putin led with 76.1% of the vote, according to Russia’s Central Election Commission, dominating a field otherwise made up mostly of weak and little-known figures. By comparison, he scored 63.6% in 2012, two years before his seizure of Crimea from Ukraine sent his approval ratings soaring.

Observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Monday that the election was open but “overly controlled”:

The Associated Press reported:

[OSCE] said Monday that Russia’s Central Election Commission “administered the election efficiently and openly” and noted that “after intense efforts to promote turnout, citizens voted in significant numbers.”

Observers added, however, that “restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association and expression, as well as on candidate registration, have limited the space for political engagement and resulted in a lack of genuine competition.”

Putin’s first rounds of congratulations, according to Deutsche Welle, came from countries like Venezuela, China, and Iran.

The reelection should ensure Putin serves through 2024. By the end of this term, he will have been in power in Russia for a quarter-century.

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