Monday, December 20, 2010

Belarusians Protest 'Fraud' in Election

Thousands of Belarusian opposition activists have poured into the streets to protest alleged mass fraud as exit polls put incumbent president on course for victory.

Early results from Sunday's presidential election showed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko scored a solid 72.2 percent of the vote, compared to 6.1 percent for each of the opposition candidates Andrei Sannikov and Vladimir Nekliayev, AFP reported.

According to the same exit poll, which was conducted for Belarus public ONT television, Yaroslav Romanchuk of the opposition United Civil Party of Belarus is also projected to have received 3.3 percent of the vote.

More than 10,000 opposition supporters converged on October Square in the Belarusian capital, Minsk to show their anger over alleged irregularities and massive vote-rigging in the election.'


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