Monday, March 03, 2008

Russia Votes in New President

With about 65% of the vote, Dmitry Medvedev became Russia's new president. Medvedev was hand chosen by former Russian President Vladimir Putin to be his successor. After 8 years, Putin was not eligible to run for president again.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the only Western observers in Russia for the election, concluded that the election results were the will of the people. However, the process leading to the election was cited for the same flaws found in the the December 2007 parliamentary election. Read "Russian Presidential election: for an election to be good it takes a good process, not just a good election day" from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Want more information on Medvedev? Check out his profile from the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and "Dmitry Medvedev: Russia's new Kennedy?" from the World Security Network.

Check out "Election Monitor Calls Russian Vote Unfair" from the Washington Post, "Western, local observers criticize Russian election" from Reuters, and "Muted welcome for Russia leader" from BBC News.

Want more information on Russia? Check out the library's guide.

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