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Lukashenko Officially Received 80.1 Percent of Belarusian Votes

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The Electoral Commission in Belarus has declared President Aleksandr Lukashenko the winner of Sunday’s presidential election.

 

According to the official result, distributed by the state press agency Belta, he received 80.1 percent of the vote. It is generally believed that the result has been manipulated.

Lukashenko’s opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, received only 10.12 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission. However, the 37-year-old assumes that she got between 60 and 70 percent of the vote.

Tikhanovskaya said on Friday that the majority of people do not believe in a victory from Lukashenko. She herself is in neighbouring Lithuania, where she fled because she no longer felt safe.

Since the election on Sunday, numerous messages have been shared on social media pointing to massive fraud. For example, there are pre-filled electoral letters. Tikhanovskaya requests a recount.

Protests have been taking place in Belarus for days since the elections. Large-scale strikes have also broken out within state-owned companies. Some workers rally behind Tikhanovskaya.

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