Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Women terrorists are 'probably the wave of the future', says ex-CIA agent

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

India: The dangers of working in leather factories

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The first debate featured an unprepared man repeatedly shouting over a highly prepared woman'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Who won the debate?'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Markets hand debate victory to Clinton

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Anticipating the debate

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Abubakar Shekau says he is still leading Boko Haram

Read more

THE DEBATE

Peace at last? Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic agreement (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Peace at last? Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic agreement (part 2)

Read more

Europe

Sochi elects pro-Kremlin mayor amid fraud charges

Video by Luke SHRAGO

Latest update : 2009-04-27

The Russian city of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, has re-elected Anatoly Pakhomov as its mayor with 77% of the vote. Opposition candidates have threatened legal action, claiming electoral fraud.

 

Reuters - Russia's main pro-Kremlin party scored a
resounding victory in the Olympic city of Sochi's mayoral
election on Monday, in what rivals said marked a new low
for democracy in the country.

Anatoly Pakhomov was re-elected to the considerably
influential political post with 77 percent of the vote. Leading
Russian liberal Boris Nemtsov was second with 13.6 percent and
Communist candidate Yury Dzaganiya came third with 6.75 percent.

"Pakhomov won and will be mayor of the city," city election
commission head Yury Rykov told reporters, adding that more than
90 percent of the ballots had been counted from Sunday's poll.

The vote in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city has been
widely seen as a test of President Dmitry Medvedev's pledges to
strengthen Russian democracy, which critics say was undermined
by his predecessor Vladimir Putin, now prime minister.

With a state budget of $6 billion, the 2014 Games in
Russia's most popular seaside resort on the Black Sea are a pet
project of Putin.

Mayors are among the few positions in Russia still directly
elected -- unlike regional governors, who are appointed and
fired by the Kremlin.

 

 

 

Date created : 2009-04-26

COMMENT(S)