Daily Memo: Belarus’ Election Results, Beirut’s Explosion Fallout

About 3,000 people have been detained in post-election protests in Belarus.

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Belarus’ predictable election results. The presidential election in Belarus ended, as expected, with a landslide victory for the incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko, who won 80.23 percent of the vote. With turnout at 84.23 percent, the results will be final, though this was the lowest turnout for an election in the past 10 years. The campaign of the main opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who won 9.9 percent of the vote, has refused to recognize the results, saying that various polling stations across the country showed that she had won 70 to 80 percent of the vote, while Lukashenko had managed only 10 percent. After polling stations closed, mass protests began in many large cities. Clashes broke out in Minsk as police tried to force demonstrators out of the streets using truncheons, stun grenades and water cannons. At least one person was killed (though police deny this), and more than 50 protesters and 39 police officers were injured. Belarus’ Investigative Committee has launched criminal cases against some of the participants over the injured police officers. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that about 3,000 people were detained in total, including 1,000 in Minsk. The European Union called for the release of all the […]

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