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Opposition leader fined for organizing unsanctioned rally

December 13, 2011, 14:03 UTC+3

Limonov has been found guilty of administrative offenses; he has been fined a total of 2,100 roubles

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MOSCOW, December 13 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky believes the results of the election to the State Duma lower house of parliament on December 4 were unfair, and believes a new election must take place.

Speaking at a party congress which nominates him for presidency, Zhirinovsky reminded the audience that in accordance with the law, the newly elected Duma cannot be dissolved within one year. “In March 2013 I will insist on a new election,” he stated.

Zhirinovsky says that as a result of numerous violations, the LDPR received less mandates than it had to. It must have not 56 mandates, but 91 or even 100, he said. He is confident that at an early election his party would get 100 mandates, the Communist Party (CPRF) – 130, the United Russia – 150, while the rest would “go to some satellites”.

However, the situation now is difficult “and changes drastically,” he added. “I am not yet confident that there will be March 4,” he said referring to the presidential election scheduled for March 4. “They may now change something for March,” he said.

A congress of the Liberal Democratic Party has nominated Vladimir Zhirinovsky for presidency. Zhirinovsky’s candidacy was supported by 169 participants in the congress, and nine voted against.

“One of these nine votes is mine,” Zhirinovsky said. “God forbid when it is unanimously,” he said, expressing satisfaction with the results of the voting.

In the future “there must be 50 plus one vote,” he urged the public, because “one must never believe everything that is over 40 percent”.

Zhirinovsky ran in all presidential election with the exception of the 2004 presidential campaign, when he replaced his candidacy with “a technical” candidate for tactical reasons. He got 7.81 percent of the vote in the presidential election of 1991, 5.7 percent in 1996, 2.7 percent in 2000, and came third with 9.35 percent of the vote in the previous presidential election of 2008.


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