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Kremlin loses regional votes amid anger over pension reform

MOSCOW

Sep 25, 2018-

Russia’s ruling party suffered two rare defeats in regional elections this weekend as its candidates lost to populists amid widespread discontent over a hugely unpopular pension reform backed by President Vladimir Putin. A second round of gubernatorial elections was held in two key regions on Sunday, after the pro-Kremlin United Russia party saw its strongest decline in a decade during a first round on September 9. Vladimir Sipyagin, of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, won 57 percent of the vote in Vladimir, a region 190km east of Moscow. He defeated the incumbent United Russia governor Svetlana Orlova, who won 37.5 percent of the vote, results showed on Monday. United Russia also lost to nationalists in the far eastern Khabarovsk region, where LDPR candidate Sergei Furgal won 70 percent of the vote against current governor Vyacheslav Shport. (Agencies)

Published: 25-09-2018 09:20

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