Lukashenko wins 83.49% of Belarus vote: election chief

A man plays an accordian and members of a Belarus folk group sing while a woman casts her ballot during presidential elections at a polling station in the village of Sinki, on October 11, 2015Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has won a fifth term with 83.49 percent of the vote, the head of the central electoral commission said on Monday. Election chief Lidiya Yermoshina gave the result at a televised news conference and it also appeared on the commission’s website. The result is the highest ever for Lukashenko, whose government made a huge effort to ensure a high turnout of over 86 percent, with more than a third of the population taking part in early voting from Tuesday.

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