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  • 11 August, 2020

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Alexander Lukashenko wins Belarus election

Alexander Lukashenko wins Belarus election

  • Long-serving Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has won a sixth term, the central electoral commission said, after elections marred by violence as police cracked down on opposition protesters.
  • The country's central election commission announced on Monday that all the ballots had been counted and Lukashenko took 80.23 per cent of the votes, while his main opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had 9.9 per cent.
  • Tikhanovskaya, a 37-year-old stay-at-home mother and political novice, galvanised the opposition during the election campaign, attracting tens of thousands of supporters to the ex-Soviet country's biggest demonstrations in years.
  • A former Soviet collective farm manager, Lukashenko has ruled the country since 1994 but faces the biggest challenge in years to keep his grip on power with some voters believing strongly that it is time he stood down.
  • He has cast himself as a guarantor of stability but is battling a wave of anger over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, and his human rights record.
  • Tikhanovskaya entered the race after her husband, an anti-government blogger who intended to run, was jailed. Her rallies have drawn some of the biggest crowds since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • Foreign observers have not judged an election to be free and fair in Belarus since 1995.
  • Human rights groups say more than 1,300 people were detained in the crackdown ahead of the election, including independent election observers and members of Tikhanovskaya's campaign team.

Source: TH


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