Belarus polls under scrutiny as strongman reaches out to West


A young Belarusian boy helps his grandfather cast his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections, in Minsk, Belarus, today. – EPA pic, November 17, 2019.

BELARUSIANS voted in parliamentary polls today with critics already condemning the election as fraudulent despite strongman President Alexander Lukashenko’s efforts to reach out to the West.

Lukashenko – who has been dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” – has ruled the ex-Soviet nation since 1994 and overseen a series of elections that international observers have deemed unfair.


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