Kremlin-backed candidates sweep Russia’s regional elections

Moscow, Sep 12 (EFE).- The Kremlin’s United Russia party swept to victory on Monday in the first municipal and regional elections the Eurasian country has held since the invasion of Ukraine.

“As of now, according to the election results, 30,768 candidates have been elected from 16 parties (out of 22 with registered candidates) and three public associations,” the Central Elections Commission (CEC) chief Ella Pamfilova said.

According to the CEC, 14 incumbent governors who took part in the elections retained their position, 12 of whom are from United Russia. The other two are independent candidates.

The ruling party also won a majority in the parliaments in six regions.

In the western Russian city of Penza, the pro-Vladimir Putin party garnered 74.91% of the votes, followed by the Communist Party, with 8.53% of the votes, according to the CEC.

United Russia lawmakers in the southern Krasnodar won more than 70%, while the communists got over 10%.

Initial results showed that United Russia recorded a landslide victory in other territories as well.

In Moscow, the elections were held in 125 of the 146 districts to elect 1,417 municipal deputies from a total of more than 5,700 candidates.

More than 1,100 United Russia candidates won in the capital, according to initial data.

Voting in more than 80 regions lasted from Friday to Sunday.

The final results of the elections are expected on September 15. EFE


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