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The presidential elections begin in Belarus, marked by protests and the arrest of opponents

August 9, 2020

Slightly more than 6.8 million Belarusians are called to vote this Sunday to elect the next president of the country, whose chairmanship, Alexandr Lukashenko, who has been in office since 1994, separated from the Soviet Union in the elections, civil protests and the arrest of some Opposition leader.

More than 5,700 polling stations were activated from 8:00 a.m. (local time) to 8:00 p.m., allowing the nearly seven million registered people to choose between the five presented candidates, among which Svetlana Tijanóvskaya stands out. , Wife of popular opposition blogger Sergei Tijanovsky, sentenced at the end of May for inciting violence.

Tijanóvskaya has also seen his campaign manager Maria Kolesnikova “accidentally” arrested in the last few hours after being handcuffed and “forced onto a bus” while leaving the party center after police assured her that it was one Had been a mistake.

The presidential elections begin in Belarus, marked by protests and the arrest of opponentsThe presidential elections begin in Belarus, marked by protests and the arrest of opponents

Originally, Tijanovski planned to run for the presidency but was unable to provide the required documents due to his arrest. His wife therefore decided to do so for him after collecting the required signatures.

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