Tikhanovskaya disputed the elections on Monday. "We do not recognize the election results. She was presumed to have been coerced to leave while also submitting a complaint to the CEC (Central Election Commission of Belarus). Ms Tikhanovskaya reportedly left her apartment after police detained two senior staffers and seven other campaign members in what they called an attempt to scare the opposition before the vote. 'Unprecedented' protests erupt in Belarus following election, Belarus strongman faces mass protests after jailing of his main rivals, US State Department expresses concern at crackdowns under 'Europe's last dictator', opposition supporters had poured onto the streets. When the results were announced, however, the Central Election Commission said Lukashenko won 4.6 million votes, or 80%, and Tsikhanouskaya got only 588,000, or 10%. The poll saw a massive turnout, according to official data, with the country's Central Election Commission saying Monday that the official turnout was at 84.23%. The response will be adequate," Lukashenko said. "Violence against protesters is not the answer Belarus," Charles Michel said on Twitter. Opposition protesters clashed with security forces in Minsk after President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus was announced as winning a sixth term in an election critics say was rigged. Coronavirus in Belarus: Is it safe to travel to Belarus? Belarus has seen mass protests triggered by President Alexander Lukashenko’s election to a sixth term in an Aug. 9 election that the opposition said was riddled with fraud. The election was originally planned for the beginning of 2011. Coronavirus: How is it transmitted and what are super-spreaders? A day before that, campaign manager Maria Moroz was briefly detained. but voting will continue as people continued to queue in the capital city Minsk. Belarus announces the arrest of more than 30 Russian fighters from private military group Wagner, considered close to the Kremlin, accusing them of seeking to destabilise the run up to the election. Long-term president Alexander Lukashenko ran for his fifth term in office, having won every presidential election since independence in 1991. Tikhanovskaya joined forces with two women who ran other opposition campaigns after their candidates were also either barred from running or jailed. As the protests swept across Belarus following the election results, the primary opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya published a video saying that she left Belarus for Lithuania. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was "deeply concerned about the conduct of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus, which was not free and fair. Most independent observers were barred from monitoring the election. "Then she was alone for two to three hours having a conversation without the lawyer [inside the CEC building]. Belarus election results 2020: Voter turnout exceeded 50 percent in all regions except Minsk, Lukashenko crowds on the streets have been chanting "Go away! Lukashenko had dismissed them as "poor girls" in his annual state of the union address on Tuesday and said he will not "give the country away.". The Central Election Commission stated that elections had been deemed valid in all constituencies. But what did the results reveal? newspaper archive. Tikhanovskaya first disputed the results at a news conference late Sunday, with her campaign maintaining that she had won in dozens of polling stations in Minsk at that stage. Speaking of Mr Lukashenko crowds on the streets have been chanting "Go away!". Nicknamed "Europe's last dictator," Lukashenko has ruled the former Soviet republic of more than 9 million people since 1994. People in the country voted on whether to grant their authoritarian president a sixth term in office on Sunday, August 9. Who won the Belarus election? “The elections were neither fair nor free and therefore one cannot recognize the result of the … The Central Election Commission in Belarus said there was 79 percent turnout by 6pm CET (5pm BST). He has long drawn international criticism for suppressing dissent, and the country's secret police -- still known as the KGB -- often detain and harass opposition activists and independent journalists. Footage has emerged of protesters fighting riot police in the capital, and media reports say a number of people have been arrested. I've said it many times. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko with his son Nikolai in Moscow. News Belarus protests: Lukashenko raises prospect of fresh elections. Many Western nations condemned the election. Late on Monday, Tikhanovskaya "left to an unknown location" after filing a complaint at the Central Elections Committee building, her press secretary Anna Krasulina said in a live on-air interview with MBkH media. Belarus election campaign has unexpected sideshow: Spat with Russia over alleged interference Belarus’s president looks for his sixth election … People in the country. To win a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright in the first round according to electoral rules in Belarus. Tikhanovskaya's campaign later said they were back in touch with her and she was "all right," but did not supply any further details. Results. Then Svetlana came out to the lawyer, said that she made up her mind, said goodbye to him. We have seen real protocols. Veronika Tsepkalo, who worked closely with the opposition candidate, also fled for Moscow. Belarus election results: What did the Belarus election results reveal? Alexander Lukashenko is expected to claim victory according to the latest exit polls. In the run-up to the election, law enforcement seemingly. See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, This is all coming from abroad," he said. A preliminary exit poll has given Belarus' longtime authoritarian leader nearly 80 percent of the vote, according to Russian media reports. The Council of the Republic(Савет рэспублікі, Saviet Respubliki) has 64 members, 56 members indirectly elected and eight membe… Authorities detained the campaign manager of main opposition candidate, who became a candidate after her husband was jailed. In a written statement as part of a news briefing, the French Foreign Ministry said on Monday: "Results must be made public in a complete and transparent manner. Mass protests have rocked Belarus, a former Soviet republic in eastern Europe, since official results from the Aug. 9 presidential election gave Lukashenko a landslide victory over his widely popular opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The presidential election in Belarus has been recognized as valid, local media has revealed from Ms Yermoshina. An opposition supporter being detained during a protest against the presidential election results in Minsk [AFP] According to the UN, tens of thousands of … According to the CEC chairwoman, voter turnout has exceeded 50 percent in all the regions except for Minsk. The main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received 6.8 percent of the vote based on the official exit poll. ", He added, in a statement,"Severe restrictions on ballot access for candidates, prohibition of local independent observers at polling stations, intimidation tactics employed against opposition candidates, and the detentions of peaceful protesters and journalists marred the process.". Svetlana Tikhanovskaya demanded a recount after the country's Central Election Commission announced that, "I believe my own eyes, the majority was for us," Tikhanovskaya said in a news conference on Monday, according to multiple local media reports. "We are also noting with concern that protesters who demonstrated after the closure of polling stations have been met with violence, and we call for maximum restraint.". BRUSSELS — European Union leaders said on Wednesday that they would not recognize the results of the recent Belarus election and would shortly impose sanctions on … "Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, basic human rights must be upheld.". The results of the Aug. 9 polls handed Lukashenko his sixth term with 80% of the vote, while the opposition candidate with the most support received 10%. She said: "In my opinion, it is a big political deception of the voters for the sake of discrediting results of the election. Meantime, Twitter said Monday it was seeing "blocking and throttling" of its platform in Belarus in reaction to the protests. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won a landslide re-election victory, the central election commission said … The'House of Representatives (Палата прадстаўнікоў, Palata Pradstawnikow) has 110 members elected in single-seat constituencies elected for a four-year term. In addition she urged contenders to congratulate the winner and not "agitate" the masses. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. The opposition said it would keep an alternative count of the votes because it did not trust the election not to be rigged. The country’s election commission reported late on Monday that Lukashenko had won 80.08% of the vote while Tikhanovskaya took just 10.09%, despite … All in all, 5,767 polling stations have been set up for the presidential election, including 44 abroad. He said: "They’re not even worth launching reprisals against.". The head of the election commission Lidia Yermoshina called on the losing presidential candidates to accept defeat calmly. The opposition candidate for president was forced into hiding the night before challenging the president in the country’s most unpredictable election in a generation. On 7 May, Belarusian blogger and entrepreneur Syarhei Tsikhanouski has announced on his YouTube channel "Country for Life" that he intended to become a candidate in the presidential election. NetBlocks, an NGO that tracks internet shutdowns worldwide. He has consolidated immense power over his 26 years in office, but in recent weeks has incurred anger over vote rigging which is likely to trigger a backlash. Similar protests were staged in the cities of Brest and Zhodino. Thousands Protest Controversial Belarus Election Results The opposition claims the election was rigged as Lukashenko looks to extend his 26 … The night before the election, Tikhanovskaya's campaign said she had. ADVERTISEMENT Police have cracked down hard on the largely peaceful demonstrations, using stun grenades, tear gas and truncheons to disperse protesters. She then re-emerged at a polling station on Sunday afternoon alongside an entourage of campaign staff and journalists who were there for her safety. A controversial election result Tikhanovskaya's campaign and independent observers say the vote was marred with widespread ballot stuffing and … At the same time, independent observers declared that turnout data had been falsified in many constituencies, particularly in Minsk, and the real turnout was less than 50% required for the results in a constituency to be deemed valid. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Full preliminary results from parliamentary elections in Belarus show the chamber will have no members of the opposition to … The full list of Belarus' presidential candidates includes Andrei Dmitriyev, Anna Kanopatskaya, Aleksandr Lukashenko, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Sergei Cherechen. There's a waiting hall inside and she entered with the lawyer," Krasulina said. on Monday for the first round of the election. Belarusian protesters and riot police have clashed in Belarus' capital Minsk and other cities, after a state TV exit poll was revealed. Monitoring organization Golos said it counted more than a million ballots and, according to its calculations, Tikhanovskaya won 80% of the vote. At a Minsk polling station, Mr Lukashenko played down the threat posed by a united opposition. These guys were deliberately hit and they have pushed back. Independent monitoring group "Honest people" said at Tikhanovskaya's news conference that, according to its data, she won in at least 80 polling stations across Belarus. Belarus election results 2020: Exit polls reveal Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won 6.8 percent of the vote (Image: GETTY) In Minsk, the police used stun grenades to disperse crowds in the city centre. Independent observers in Belarus, such as the "Honest people" group, said they had also found significant discrepancies between the officially announced turnout and the number of people entering polling stations that they were able to count. Around 3,000 people were detained and dozens injured during clashes with police, the interior ministry said in a statement seen by state-run news agency Belta. "This is the most trustworthy defence we have.". And it is the linchpin for staging mass riots.". 2 of 4 Police block a street during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. "Riot officers were wounded, there are broken arms and legs. About 63,000 people attended the largest event in Minsk in July -- making it the biggest demonstration in the past decade. Then she was escorted through a different door and left to an unknown location.". Ms Tikhanovskaya said she did not trust the election results and said she had expected the vote to be rigged. The European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, announced on Friday that the block is refusing to recognize the presidential election results in Belarus, in which President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected for a sixth consecutive term. Her press secretary told reporters: "We can’t defend ourselves physically against armed people or the security services. The president is elected for a five-year term by the people. Biblical bug blizzard shows SWARM of mayflies invade major city, ‘Child abuser’ faces EXECUTION after baby found DECAPITATED. Prior to this event, on 6 May, he was detained by the Belarusian police in the vicinity of Mahilyow. Several hundreds of retirees Monday took the streets of the Belarusian capital to demand the ousting of President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus' authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in a widely disputed election. "She went inside the Central Elections Committee building, the team and the journalists stayed outside. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received 6.8 percent of the vote based on the official exit poll. Belarus election results: An opposition-free parliament By YURAS KARMANAU November 18, 2019 1 of 3 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during parliamentary elections, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has won a sixth term as president with 80% of the vote, according to preliminary results cited by the Central Election Commission Monday. Belarus elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. Belarus open to merging with Russia, Russian troops join forces with Belarus and Serbia for war-games. The election pitted President Alexander Lukashenko against a former teacher who emerged from obscurity to lead the biggest challenge in years against the man who has ruled the country for a quarter of century. The UK and France both expressed concern over Belarus' failure to allow the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe to observe the electoral process. President Alexander Lukashenko against a former teacher who emerged from obscurity to lead the biggest challenge in years against the man who has ruled the country for a quarter of century. Riot police detain a group of demonstrators during a protest after polls closed in Belarus' presidential election, in Minsk on August 9, 2020. The OSCE said in July it would not be sending observers to Belarus as it hadn't been invited by the country's authorities. Why sob and cry now? order back issues and use the historic Daily Express She said: "The figure also includes those, who cast their votes during early voting.". Presidential elections were held in Belarus on 19 December 2010. She later "left to an unknown location" according to her campaign. President Lukashenko has refused to rule out holding fresh elections in an interview with Russian media. Journalist Mikalai Anishchanka in Minsk and CNN's Barbara Wojazer, Sebastian Shukler and Sarah Dean contributed. (CNN)Belarus' main opposition candidate has rejected preliminary election results giving the country's longtime President a landslide victory, as protests flared up for a second night. She said: "I believe my eyes, and I see that the majority is with us.". 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