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Russia's Irkutsk Region will absorb an east-Siberian territory after the merger has been approved in a referendum
Russia's Irkutsk Region will absorb an east-Siberian territory after the merger has been approved in a referendum, local election authorities said Monday. With almost 100% of Sunday votes counted, 89.76% residents in the Irkutsk Region and 97.79% in the Ust-Ordyn Buryat Autonomous Area voted in favor of the merger, and 9.47% and 1.55%, respectively, voted against, the Irkutsk election commission said.. Voter turnout at the referendum was 68.85% and 99.45% in the Irkutsk Region and in Ust-Ordynsky Buryat Autonomous Area, respectively, much higher than required threshold of 50%, the commission said. "Following a transitional period, the new unified [federation subject] Irkutsk Region may appear on the map January 1, 2008," commission's head Viktor Ignatenko said.
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