Opposition wins no seats in Belarus election as Lukashenko stays put

Opposition wins no seats in Belarus election as Lukashenko stays put

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after results published early on Monday showed not a single opposition candidate had won a seat. Lukashenko has governed the former Soviet country for a quarter of a century and plans to extend his rule beyond next year, announcing on Sunday he would stand in the 2020 presidential election.

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Michael Hedderson
Michael Hedderson 3 months

To be fair, despite Lukashenko's tight grip on power there, there's really not been much pushback from Belarusians over the years. That said, its also sad to think Belarusians have never tasted pluralist democracy, almost as soon as the Soviet Empire crumbled, this guy swept into power and he hasn't let go ever since. Perhaps they don't miss what they don't know about.

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