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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko headed for a landslide victory in today’s national election, an exit poll said, as riot police attacked opponents protesting what they claimed was massive vote rigging.