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Communists To Accept Russian Election Results

Moscow, July 4 (RFE/RL) -- A Communist spokesman says party leader Gennady Zyuganov will accept the result of yesterday presidential runoff he lost to President Boris Yeltsin. Interfax news agency quoted today Zyuganov's Press-Secretary Vladimir Perfilyev as saying the Communist leader will comment on the electoral results at a press conference at the State Duma later today.

Perfilyev made no mention of possible falsifications of the results. He said that neither the communist-nationalist coalition which put forward Zyuganov's candidacy, nor Zyuganov himself would dispute the result.

Zyuganov so far has declined to comment on the results, saying he would wait until he received confirmation from communist observers at polling stations.

Top communist legislator Anatoly Lukyanov said earlier today that Zyuganov's showing entitled the communists to enter the government.

Yeltsin won more than 53 percent of the vote, giving him a 13 point lead over Zyuganov.

Lukyanov said his party would aim at senior ministerial positions in a new government. But the Kremlin so far has given no indication it will give major posts to its communists opponents, although Yeltsin said in a televised address today that a new Russian government will have "room for everyone the voters have trusted."