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As Belarusians vote in sham polls, Lukashenko reveals re-election plan | Elections News [Video]

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has held power since 1994, says he intends to seek re-election next year, which could extend his grip on the country to 36 years.

He spoke on Sunday as the country, a neighbour and ally of Russia, held tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections decried as a sham by the opposition, which dismissed the balloting as a “senseless farce”.

“Tell them I will run in the [2025] election,” Lukashenko said, according to a social media channel run by his team. “No one, no responsible president would abandon his people who followed him into battle.”

The parliamentary and local elections – which started on Tuesday and end on Sunday – are the first nationwide vote since the presidential election of 2020, which sparked huge protests against Lukashenko, who is widely believed to have rigged the result to extend his decades-long rule.

The US condemned what it called “sham” elections …

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