United Russia retains parliamentary majority

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 09, 2011 20:00 hrs

Moscow, Dec 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's ruling party United Russia will have 238 seats in the new State Duma following the Dec 4 parliamentary elections, a top official has said.

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation will have 92 seats, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia 56 and A Just Russia 64 seats, said Central Electoral Commission deputy head Leonid Ivlev.

Turnout was 60.21 percent, he said.

The result that came out Friday evening means Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party has lost 77 seats, but just retains a parliamentary majority.

United Russia enjoyed a two-thirds majority in the previous parliament, giving it the ability to rewrite the Constitution at will.

The elections were marred by allegations of widespread electoral fraud in favour of United Russia.

President Dmitry Medvedev has said the claims need to be looked into.

A protest rally to be held Saturday is expected to draw some 30,000 people in Moscow. The day after the election saw Moscow's largest opposition demonstration for over a decade, with around 5,000 people in attendance.

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