Alexander Lukashenko won Presidential election of Belarus for the 5th time

With this, the 61-year-old, who has governed the former Soviet republic almost unchallenged for 21 years, will be in power for the fifth time.

Created On: Oct 14, 2015 09:11 ISTModified On: Oct 14, 2015 15:59 IST

Alexander Lukashenko on 11 October 2015 won Belarusian presidential elections with over 83.5 percent of the votes. With this, the 61-year-old, who has governed the former Soviet republic almost unchallenged for 21 years, will be in power for the fifth time.

His closest rival, Tatiana Karatkevich, won 4.4 percent, with turnout at 87 percent.

Some 5.1 million out of the nearly 7 million registered voters cast their ballots in favour of the four terms President. This landslide victory exceeded Lukashenko’s 2010 victory that saw him re-elected with 80% of the vote.

Dubbed as Europe’s last dictator by the Bush administrator, Lukashenko has been in office since 1994.

The Central Election Commission results do not include ballots cast outside Belarus. International monitors of the election said that the election fell short of democratic standards.

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