With 100 percent of the ballots counted, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won 63.6 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election, securing victory in the first round to take the post of the president for the next six years, the Central Election Commission (CEC) reported on Monday.
Putin’s closest rival, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, got 17.18 percent. Independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov secured 7.98 percent, Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 6.22 percent, and A Just Russia Party leader Sergei Mironov, 3.85 percent.
The CEC said 45,602,075 people voted for Putin, 12,318,353 for Zyuganov, 5,722,508 for Prokhorov, 4,458,103 for Zhirinovsky and 2,763,935 for Mironov.
The figures are preliminary. The CEC is expected to publish the final results of the vote by March 14.
Putin will be inaugurated on May 7.