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February 28, 2021

Opposition claims fraud as Belarus votes for president

Belarusians are voting in an election that is expected to extend President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s 16-year hold on power by another five years, Radio Free Europe reports. In seeking his fourth term as president, Lukashenka is running against nine challengers – each of whom has faced administrative problems that have become common for any opposition candidates in Belarus. As voting got under way, several opposition candidates already were claiming fraud and election irregularities. They called for a demonstration at October Square in Minsk after the polls close.

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