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    The leader of Russia's Communist Party (KPRF) has called the recent parliamentary election in Dagestan illegal and urged that a special commission be set up to investigate the results.

    MOSCOW, March 13 (RIA Novosti) - The leader of Russia's Communist Party (KPRF) has called the recent parliamentary election in Dagestan illegal and urged that a special commission be set up to investigate the results.

    Gennady Zyuganov said that the elections were a political provocation, and that the outcome of was fabricated and did not reflect the actual situation in the North Caucasus.

    He accused the regional government of trying to exclude his party from the election campaign, and of upsetting the political balance in the troubled republic.

    According to the official election results in Dagestan, the United Russia party won 68.26% of the vote, the Just Russia party came second with 8.45%, followed by the Agricultural Party with 7.91%.

    The Communist Party was at the bottom of the list, with 7.12%, barely above the minimum threshold of 7%.

    Overall, the Communist Party gained 15.76% of the vote in 14 regions, while the pro-Kremlin United Russia party gained over 46%.

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