Monday, September 9, 2013

Opposition Candidate Roizman Wins Ekaterinburg Mayoral Elections

Opposition candidate Yevgeny Roizman won a surprise victory against the pro-Kremlin candidate in the mayoral election in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, but the local elections chief warned that the preliminary results might be re-evaluated after reports of fraud. Roizman, who heads the City Without Drugs organization and ran on the ticket of the Civic Platform party, was elected mayor with 30.11 percent of the Sunday vote after 100 percent of ballots were counted, Interfax reported, citing the city's elections committee. United Russia candidate Yakov Silin, who also serves a deputy governor of the Sverdlovsk region, whose main city is Yekaterinburg, placed second with 26.48 percent. The winning candidate needs only a simple majority to win.

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