Russia’s ruling pro-Putin party wins election but loses some ground – early results

MOSCOW, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Russia’s ruling United Russia party was on course to secure a comfortable victory in a three-day parliamentary election despite losing some ground to its opponents, early results and an exit poll showed on Sunday.

With nearly 13% of ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won just over 40% of the vote.

Separately, an exit poll conducted by INSOMAR and published by Russia’s RIA news agency predicted United Russia would win a little over 45% of the vote.

Though that would amount to an emphatic win, it would be a weaker result than the last time a parliamentary election was held in 2016, when the party won just over 54% of the vote.

United Russia has faced a slump in its popularity due to malaise over years of faltering living standards and allegations of corruption from jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny which it denies. It was also contending with a tactical voting campaign organised by Navalny’s allies.

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Source: Reuters