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Belarus goes to polls in vote slammed by opposition

Officials prepare to count votes at a polling station in the village of Krevo, some 100 km northwest of Minsk late on September 11, 2016Ex-Soviet state Belarus went to the polls Sunday for elections expected to see supporters of strongman Alexander Lukashenko fill the legislature, as the opposition branded the process a farce. Belarus, which has been ruled by the authoritarian Lukashenko for more than two decades, has a history of stifling dissent and cracking down on the opposition. Some 200 opposition candidates are vying for slots in the 110-seat parliament, but many have already said that the electoral process was unfair and would be marred by violations.

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