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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Maskhadov Final Tally Near 60 Percent

GROZNY -- Aslan Maskhadov won the Jan. 27 presidential election in Chechnya with just under 60 percent of the vote, according to final figures announced by the Chechen Central Election Commission.

Maskhadov, 45, who was head of Chechen armed forces during the country's 21-month war with Russia, won 59.32 percent, or 241,950 votes, said commission head Mumadi Saidayev.

Maskhadov's closest rival, popular rebel field commander Shamil Basayev, garnered 23.5 percent, or 95,841 votes.

Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, who took over as Chechen leader following the death of separatist president Dzhokhar Dudayev in April 1996, came in third with 10.12 percent, or 41,183 votes.

None of the other candidates got more than 1 percent of the vote.

Itar-Tass quoted election officials as saying 79.4 percent of the 513,585 registered voters took part in the election, but 4 percent of voting papers were disqualified.

A candidate had to get more than 50 percent of the vote to win in the first round. A second round of elections is scheduled Feb. 15 for the 63-member parliament, where there were few first-round winners.