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Medvedev says parliamentary election results to stand - Zhirinovsky

Vladimir Zhirinovsky
19:36 24/10/2009

BARVIKHA (Moscow Region), October 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told Duma party leaders on Saturday the October 11 parliamentary election results would not be changed, the Liberal Democratic Party leader told journalists on Saturday.

"We expressed our thoughts, the president reacted to each participant's speech and he agreed that not everything was clean, and that there were probably violations which should all be investigated," Vladimir Zhirinovsky said.

Medvedev met with party leaders to discuss the October 11 polls, which the ruling United Russia party won by a landslide, and saw wide-scale allegations of fraud.

"The president said that the elections would not be annulled and that in principle that doesn't happen anywhere in the world, and that the situation should be investigated using legal procedures, which we will use to the 'whole hog,'" Zhirinovsky said.

The Liberal Democratic Party has demanded a nationwide recount and State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov's resignation. It also said the polls in Moscow, Central Russia's Tula Region and the Volga Republic of Mari El should be declared invalid, and a new vote scheduled for March 2010.

The Communists have demanded that Vladimir Churov, chairman of the Central Election Commission, and Leonid Markelov, governor of the Volga Republic of Mari El, resign over alleged election fraud.

Zhirinovsky also called on the president to fire Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, Tula Region Governor Vyacheslav Dudka, Central Election Commission head Vladimir Churov over allegations on election fraud.

In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Friday, Churov said no political body has authority over the election commission. Under the Russian legislature, the CEC chairman is elected by the 15 members of the commission. The Russian president appoints five of them, with the remaining ten appointed by each of the two chambers of the Russian parliament.

Churov added that the commission's members can be dismissed only by a court ruling.

"In this case, a court should establish that a Central Election Commission member had violated election legislature, or, for example, committed some kind of extremist action," the official said.

On October 14, three opposition parties - the Communists, the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and the Kremlin-backed A Just Russia - left the State Duma in protest against the polls.

 

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