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Voice of America 11 Sep 2019

Putin Election Defeat Signals Uncertain Future for Russia

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Russian voters this week dealt the party of President Vladimir Putin a heavy blow in local elections that were marred by street protests and police crackdowns in Moscow. Putin's United Russia party lost control of key regions, including the capital, raising questions of how long he may continue to lead what some analysts say is an increasingly restive nation. For Ricardo Marquina and Olga Pavlova in Moscow, Mary Motta, reports.


The main opposition Labour Party is expected to win fewer than 200 seats - losing many in its traditional heartland.
Its leader Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged heavy losses for his party and says he will not lead the party into any future elections.

Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward and Jonah Hull report from London, UK.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he opposes the idea of an unlimited term in office for the country's leader like the system that existed in the Soviet Union.
Stephen Dixon speaks to Sky News reporter Diana Magnay about suggested Russian interference in the election.
CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses the significance of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the day House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment.

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