Belarus declares landslide Lukashenko win after protest crackdown

2020-08-10 03:48:33

Belarus on Monday declared a landslide election victory for long-serving leader Alexander Lukashenko after police used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters denouncing the vote as a fraud. The protests erupted after an exit poll showed Lukashenko soundly beating main opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya — a result confirmed by election officials on Monday. Central Election Commission chief Lidia Yermoshina announced Lukashenko had won 80.23 percent according to preliminary results, handing him a sixth term.

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