- Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been re-elected for the fourth term
- He won the election with a landslide margin, gathering 75% of the total votes cast
- The election, however, was reportedly tainted by allegations of forced voting and other election violations
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Vladimir Putin has secured a landslide victory to secure a fourth term as Russian president which will keep him in power for six more years.
Russia’s Central Election Commission said that Putin won more than 75% of the vote with three-quarters of ballots counted, Sky News reports.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the result came amid allegations of election violations including ballot-box stuffing and forced voting.
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The vote was allegedly tainted by allegations of forced voting and election violations as footage released by a government opposition group appeared to show ballot boxes being stuffed.
Addressing a crowd near Moscow's Red Square, Putin said his victory was a vote of confidence in his achievements.
He said: "It's very important to maintain this unity.
"We will think about the future of our great Motherland."
When asked later if he could seek the presidency again in 2030, Putin replied: "It's ridiculous. Do you think I will sit here until I turn 100?"
Putin's campaign spokesman, Andrei Kondrashkov, reportedly thanked the UK for the impressive turnout of around 60% following the diplomatic conflict over the Salisbury spy poisoning.
"Once again we were subject to pressure at just the moment when we needed to mobilise," Kondrashkov was reported to have said.
Putin's nearest opponent, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, secured around 13% of the vote, according to partial results, while nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky received around 6%.
Putin's most well-known opponent, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was rejected as a candidate because he was convicted of fraud in a case widely regarded as politically motivated.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Russia said on Saturday, March 17 that it would expel 23 British diplomats and close a British consulate following London’s “provocative” measures over the poisoning of a double agent that triggered an escalating war of words.
It also said it would halt the activities of the British Council in the country in a tough series of retaliatory measures announced after summoning British ambassador Laurie Bristow.
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