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  • Monday, March 20, 2006

    Belarus - Extremely dodgy elections?

    Today's Guardian has this report:

    Mr Lukashenko, whose KGB dubbed the opposition as "terrorists" and threatened them with execution, had said his police will "wring the necks" of anyone caught protesting. Driving snow coupled with such threats, amplified by a text message campaign that warned Minsk residents of impending bloodshed, were expected to keep many disgruntled Belarusians away from the evening rally planned for the central Oktyabrskaya Square.

    Last night Mr Lukashenko, a former collective farm boss, was on course for a landslide, with turnout already at 71% by 2pm and a state-run exit poll, released at 11am, giving Mr Lukashenko 82% of the vote. His main opponent, the pro-western academic Alexander Milinkevich, polled 2.2%, and later said voting irregularities meant the election should be rerun.

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