Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko , whose regime the U.S. dubbed the “last dictatorship in Europe,” is set to prolong his rule in a Dec. 19 election that may bind him more closely to Russia after overtures aimed at building ties with western Europe yielded little.
The European Union needs to take a harder line with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko ahead of elections next month that are certain to be “a fraud,” said a pro-EU and free markets opposition presidential candidate.
Belarusian opposition members whose family members and colleagues have been sentenced to years in prison for protesting elections said a worsening economy may not herald the end of President Alexander Lukashenko ’s regime.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s comment that he’d “rather be a dictator than gay” prompted a rebuke from the German government, which said the statement was proof of the leader’s authoritarian style.
The U.S. government said it rejects as illegitimate the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and “strongly condemns” a crackdown on demonstrators protesting the longtime leader’s return to office.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez congratulated his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on winning a fourth term as the U.S. rejected the official election results and condemned a crackdown on opposition demonstrators.
The European Union moved toward freezing the assets of Ukraine’s most powerful officials and denying them travel visas after a crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Kiev left at least 25 dead and stirred fears of a civil war.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko may be forced to do what he has tried to avoid in order to win further aid from the International Monetary Fund: relinquish control of the nation’s centralized economy.