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Russia: Communist Reported to win Election in Amur Region

Moscow, 27 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- In Russia's Far East, the local election committee in Amur region today announced that Communist candidate Anatoly Belonogov won last Sunday's Governor's election.

Interfax news agency quotes the head of the local election committee, Vladimiri Lebedev, as saying Belonogov beat his main rival, incumbent governor Yuri Liashko. The difference in votes received between Belonogov and Liashko was fewer than 200.

The head of the local election committee said the result of the election might be reviewed, because the prosecutor's office has found many irregularities during the vote. Complaints have been filed by residents of remote regions unable to vote because of bad weather.

Liashko was appointed by President Boris Yeltsin only three months ago. And our Moscow correspondent reports the Kremlin sees the election in the Amur region as a key test of Yeltsin's policy in the Far East. There has been no comment on the result of the vote from Yeltsin representatives.

Two more gubernatorial elections in the Rostov and Leningrad regions take place on Sunday September 29th.