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Lukashenko re-elected as Belarus president with 80% of vote, preliminary outcomes say, after huge protests mark election day

Lukashenko re-elected as Belarus president with 80% of vote, preliminary results say, after massive protests mark election day

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has secured a landslide election victory, in keeping with preliminary outcomes launched by the Central Electoral Fee. The aftermath has been marred by anti-government protests.

Lukashenko gained re-election with 80 % of the vote, whereas the primary opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, acquired almost 10 % of the ballots forged.

The preliminary outcomes had been launched after huge protests broke out in Minsk and different cities throughout the night time. Police used tear fuel, water cannons, and different crowd management strategies to disperse the demonstrators.

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An official exit ballot forecasted that Lukashenko would obtain 81.35 % of the vote. Tikhanovskaya was anticipated to get round eight %. On Sunday, opposition supporters took to the streets in Minsk in addition to another cities throughout the nation, together with Gomel, Mogilev, and Vitebsk, claiming that the projected outcomes had been fraudulent.

One particular person was killed in final night time’s riots, a neighborhood human rights heart advised Russia’s TASS information company. The pinnacle of Belarus’ Investigative Committee stated that prison fees will likely be introduced towards demonstrators accused of finishing up acts of violence towards safety forces. If discovered responsible, they might resist 15 years in jail.

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