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Mir Luganshchine Party Takes 69,2% of Votes in Luhansk, Plotnitsky Wins with 63,8%

RIA Novosti

12:05 03/11/2014
Updated 1:05 p.m. Moscow Time

MOSCOW, November 3 (RIA Novosti) -The Mir Luganshchine (Peace for Luhansk) party has taken 69.2 percent of the votes after a 100 percent vote-count in the elections in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), the head of the Luhansk Central Election Commission, Sergei Kozyakov, said in a press conference Monday.

The acting head of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky has gained 63.8 percent of votes in the elections after 100 percent of ballots were counted, election commission chief Sergei Kozyakov said at a press conference Monday.

'Taking into account the election results in the temporary settlements for LPR refugees, Plotnitsky has gained 63.8 percent,' Kozyakov said.

Plonnitsky has competed for a four-year presidency against LPR Health Minister Irina Airapetyan, union chief Oleg Akimov and businessman Viktor Penner. The LPR leader was elected for a four-year term.

On Sunday, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics held elections of the heads of the local governments and representatives of the legislative bodies.

No violations that could possibly affect the results of the vote were detected.

The authorities in the European Union and the United States said earlier the elections would come against the Minsk agreement on the regulation of the crisis in Donbas, and that the international community would not recognize them.

Russia, on the contrary, has expressed its intention to recognize the elections and has emphasized that not recognizing will run counter to the Minsk protocol and undermine efforts to reach peace settlement in the country.

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