Medvedev emerges victor in Russian presidential elections
PTI reports ,Mededev, the soft-spoken 42-year-old former chief of world's largest gas monopoly Gazprom who has never held an elected office, won 70.23 per cent of the votes in yesterday's ballot, breaking Putin's record.
Putin is expected to take over as Prime Minister in May, Medvedev, who will step down as vice prime minister, ruled out any redistribution of powers, saying their relationship was based on "companionship, partnership and trust".
"...The president has his powers, the prime minister - his own powers in accordance with the Constitution and legislation in effect. And nobody intends to change them," Medvedev told reporters early today.
RIA news.With some 96% of the ballots counted so far in Russia's presidential elections, Kremlin-backed Dmitry Medvedev has gained 70.11% of the vote, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said early on Monday.His nearest rival, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, was on 17.84%.Nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky had 9.43% of the vote and the leader of the pro-Western Democratic Party, Andrey Bogdanov, - 1.28%.The turnout at Russia's presidential polls hit 69.6% as of Monday morning, the CEC said.Two of Dmitry Medvedev's opponents in Sunday's Russian
presidential polls have declared their intention to contest the results
of the elections in court.RIA News.
Russia's presidential elections, Kremlin-backed Dmitry Medvedev has gained 69.22%, enough to give him victory in the first round of voting.His chief rival, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, was on 18.26%. Nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky had 9.96% of the vote and the leader of the tiny, pro-Western Democratic Party, Andrey Bogdanov, - 1.29%, according to Central Election Commission figures after 70% of the total count of votes. Dmitry Medvedev said at this stage that his presidency would be a "direct continuation" of the policies of the man who had backed him to lead the largest country on Earth.
Speaking to journalists at a news, Medvedev said that his presidential program would be "the path chosen by our country eight years ago."
This path was, he clarified, the one "being followed by President Putin.
Russian First Deputy Premier Medvedev was publicly backed by Vladimir
Putin as his successor in mid-December, and was later nominated by the
ruling United Russia party as a presidential candidate.
Putin later announced that he would take up an offer by Medvedev to
become prime minister if his 'heir' were to win the presidency.
President Putin had earlier congratulated Medvedev on a firm lead in the presidential elections during an election in Red Square on Sunday evening.
"The elections for the president of the Russian Federation have taken place. Our candidate has a firm lead," said Putin.I congratulate Dmitry Medvedev and wish him luck," said Putin.
Putin also said that the vote had been carried out in "strict accordance with the Constitution."
"I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, and also those who
voted for other candidates," said Medvedev. "Together we represent
almost two-thirds of our country."
'This means we are not indifferent to our future, this means we can continue the path proposed by Vladimir Putin," he went on.
"Together we will move further forward, together we will achieve victory!" he announced to the crowd.
RUMBLES OF DISCONTENT
As results came in, both Gennady Zyuganov and Vladimir Zhirinovsky
hinted that they may contest the results of the polls in the courts.
The Communist Party complained of a mass infringement of voting
regulations, with the secretary of the party's central committee,
Valery Rashkin, speaking to journalists of "impudence" on behalf of the
authorities.I have never seen this sort of impudence before...This is a new era," he said.
He added that the Communist party had noted voting violations in many Russian cities, including Saint Petersburg.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky also spoke of his intention to dispute the results of the poll in court.