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Belarus president wins re-election

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been officially declared re-elected for a fourth term after a vote that other contenders say was rigged.

The Central Election Commission said Mr Lukashenko won 79.6% of the vote, while his nearest challenger, Andrei Sannikov, got 2.4%.

Representatives of the opposition candidates, who attended the commission's session, rejected Sunday's vote as tainted by fraud.

Seven of the nine challengers to Mr Lukashenko were arrested after the vote, some of them when club-wielding riot police tried to disperse 10,000 demonstrators protesting at alleged fraud.

Mr Sannikov was among those beaten by the police. He and his wife, a prominent journalist, have both been jailed.

Mr Lukashenko has run a repressive regime since 1994.


From Belfast Telegraph