Russia's ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its majority in parliament after a three-day election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, partial results on Monday showed.

Iran PressEurope: Russia's ruling United Russia Party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its parliamentary majority, partial results on Monday showed.

With 64% of ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won nearly 48% of the vote, with its nearest rival, the Communist Party, at about 21%. 

Electoral authorities said they had voided any results at voting stations where there had been obvious irregularities and that the overall contest had been fair.

The partial results showed the Communist Party finishing in second, followed by the nationalist LDPR Party with about 8% and the Fair Russia Party with about 7%. All three parties usually back the Kremlin on most key issues. A new party called "New People", appeared to have squeezed into Parliament with about 6%.


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