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Putin offers olive branch to defeated rival

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Vladimir Putin has dismissed opposition claims that Russia’s recent presidential election was rigged to ensure his victory, and has reportedly invited one rival candidate to join his government.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow the Russian prime minister said: “Obviously those who lost don’t like to be defeated. There is nothing unusual about it. It has to be recognised. But you know one thing. When people say that the authorities should listen to this, the authorities should listen to that, but our opponents also should listen to the voice of the people who have said their word.”

Putin has been quoted as saying he may offer a cabinet seat to Mikhail Prokhorov. The tycoon came
third in the poll. He has said he would not join a Putin government and took part in Monday’s opposition rally in Moscow.