Are Lukashenko’s Days Numbered in Belarus?

Belarusian opposition supporters rally in the center of Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 16, 2020 (AP photo by Sergei Grits).
Belarusian opposition supporters rally in the center of Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 16, 2020 (AP photo by Sergei Grits).
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For many Belarusians, Alexander Lukashenko is the only leader they’ve ever known. He has maintained a tight grip on the country since first becoming president in 1994, but Lukashenko now faces the greatest challenge yet to his rule. He claimed victory in a presidential election earlier this month that was widely decried as fraudulent, and took place amid a wave of pro-democracy protests across the country. The unrest has only grown after official election results showed Lukashenko winning around 80 percent of the vote. A bloody crackdown on protesters by security forces last week left at least two people dead […]

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