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Belarus leader Lukashenko wins fifth term in landslide

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko speaks with journalists at a polling station in Minsk on October 11, 2015Alexander Lukashenko won a fifth term as president of Belarus by a landslide, and warned the opposition against protests that could derail the lifting of Western sanctions imposed over rights abuse allegations. With long-standing opposition figures barred from standing in Sunday’s vote and state media giving Lukashenko uniformly positive coverage, the veteran leader ran against three virtual unknowns — only one of whom campaigned. Lukashenko took 83.49 percent of the vote, election chief Lidiya Yermoshina said, with his nearest rival Tatiana Korotkevich mustering just 4.42 percent of the ballot.

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