Lukashenko re-elected Belarus president, opposition cries foul after deadly protests
Alexander Lukashenko has won a sixth term in office as president of Belarus, in a sweeping victory that was announced after violent clashes between police and opposition supporters who say the vote is rigged.
According to Press TV, the Belarusian Central Election Commission (CEC) said on Monday that Lukashenko had, according to preliminary results, gained 80.23 percent of the vote in Belarus’ presidential election.
Opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, the incumbent’s main rival, also won 9.9 percent of the vote, according to the commission, which put the turnout at 54 percent.
Opposition rejects results
Tikhanouskaya, however, rejected the results on Monday and said she considered herself the winner.
Speaking to journalists in Minsk, the opposition figure also said the election had been massively rigged, as she had earlier predicted.
Her advisors also called for a vote recount at polling stations where there were irregularities.
The opposition, they added, wanted to hold talks with authorities about how to bring about a peaceful change of power.
The official results were announced after police clashed with opposition demonstrators in Minsk and other cities.
Police reportedly used stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters, who had taken to the streets after a state TV exit poll said Lukashenko had won Sunday’s vote.
The Viasna Human Rights Center announced on Monday that a protester was killed and dozens more were wounded in the skirmishes.