Little Change Expected Under Dmitry Medvedev Presidency
Posted on March 3, 200842-year-old Dmitry Medvedev is the new president-elect of Russia. He won in a landslide. Medvedev is expected to take office on May 7, 2008. The BBC says Medvedev won 73% of the vote.
With nearly 100% of the ballots counted, the election commission has announced he won 70.23% of the vote.Dmitry Medvedev is expected to keep Vladimir Putin on as Russia's prime minster. The AP reports in the video below that little is expected to change in Russia despite the new president.
Mr Medvedev said he hoped to work in an "effective tandem" with Mr Putin as his prime minister.
As president, he said, he would control foreign policy with the defence of Russian interests his chief priority.
Mr Putin, he confirmed, would be moving out of the Kremlin.
Mr Medvedev's nearest rival was Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, with 17.76% of the vote. He vowed to go to court over alleged fraud, Itar-Tass news agency reports.