Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Initial returns from Russia

It appears that United Russia might lose its two-thirds majority in the Duma. What limits will that put on the presumed new presidency of Vladimir Putin?

Putin's United Russia party suffers poll setback
Early returns from Russia's parliamentary polls point to a sharp drop in support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

With 75% of ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had 50% of the vote, down from 64% in 2007…

If the result is confirmed, United Russia could lose its current two-thirds majority which allowed it to change the constitution unchallenged…

The election commission said the Communist Party was in second place with 19.3% of the vote.

A Just Russia was in third place with 13% and the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) had 11.8%, the election commission said…

The BBC's Steve Rosenberg, in Moscow, says if confirmed, the result will be a significant embarrassment to Mr Putin, three months before he is scheduled to run again for the Russian presidency…

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