Nearly complete count says Kremlin ally wins Moscow election

By REUTERS
September 9, 2013 07:15

MOSCOW- Kremlin ally Sergei Sobyanin won a Moscow mayoral election on Sunday, according to results released by electoral officials after a nearly complete vote count, but opposition leader Alexei Navalny claimed the results were falsified.

A count of votes from more than 99 percent of polling precincts gave Sobyanin, the acting mayor, nearly 51.3 percent, the city electoral commission said, enough to clear the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a second-round runoff.

Navalny, who was second with 27.3 percent, alleged that the vote count was marred by "many serious violations." He said in a statement: "We consider the official election results to be deliberately falsified."


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