Putin's party ahead in Russian parliamentary elections

September 19, 2016 7:43 AM

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With more than 90% of ballots counted, Russian President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party was on track to win Sunday's parliamentary elections, the Central Election Commission said on Monday.

The Kremlin permitted more than a dozen opposition party candidates to take part in the vote, but interim results showed that only four parties met the 5% threshold needed to win a parliamentary seat, Russia's state-backed news agency Tass said.

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