AFP, Moscow :
Russian President Vladimir Putin's close ally has been overwhelmingly re-elected Moscow's mayor, election officials said on Monday, following a poll overshadowed by protests over a pension reform.
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11th-Sep-2018

Putin's ally re-elected Moscow mayor amid protests

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AFP, Moscow :
Russian President Vladimir Putin's close ally has been overwhelmingly re-elected Moscow's mayor, election officials said on Monday, following a poll overshadowed by protests over a pension reform.
Sergei Sobyanin, mayor of the Russian capital since 2010, received 70.02percent of the vote, according to results released by the Moscow election commission. Turnout stood at 30.8 percent.
In 2013, Sobyanin barely escaped a second-round run-off after a strong challenge from protest leader Alexei Navalny, winning 51.4 percent of the vote, with Putin's top critic unexpectedly picking up over a quarter of the ballots.
This time round serious opposition candidates were kept off the ballot paper in favour of the incumbent.
Ahead of the vote a Moscow court jailed Navalny for 30 days, just a couple weeks before he planned to stage a rally against a deeply controversial pension reform on election day.
In a nationwide day of polls, members of the ruling United Russia party also won in elections for governors and lawmakers in other Russian cities.