Top Putin aide Sobyanin confirmed as Moscow mayor

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Moscow city parliament Thursday overwhelmingly approved Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin as the mayor of the Russian capital, Russian state television pictures showed.

Thirty two out of 35 deputies supported Sobyanin's candidature for the post, opposed only by Communists, who represent the only opposition to Kremlin-backed United Russia party in the chamber.

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