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Belarus leader Lukashenko headed for landslide re-election

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko speaks with journalists at a polling station in Minsk on October 11, 2015President Alexander Lukashenko was on track to win a fifth consecutive term by a landslide Sunday, exit polls showed, as the Belarussian leader warned critics against contesting the election outcome and ridiculed one of his opponents for being a woman. The vote was being closed watched by the European Union, with officials indicating the bloc was ready to lift sanctions against the authoritarian leader, regularly accused of rights abuses, if the aftermath of the polls remains incident-free. Lukashenko, 61, once called Europe’s last dictator by Washington, was all but certain to extend his 21-year grip on the landlocked eastern European country with several exit polls on state television giving him more than 80 percent of the vote.

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