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Belarus: Plot Thickens in Presidential Landslide

The bad news is that there have been riots every night in Belarus following the presidential election of August 10. And more bad news is also that we have a winner: President Oleksandr Lukashenka has triumphed again, and, after 26 years in the office, he is now officially in his sixth term. He will soldier on indefinitely. I predicted that “Bat’ko,” or “Daddy,” as he is fondly known among his people, would score between 85% and 99.5% of the vote. He garnished 80.8% of the vote and the voter participation was 79%. I stand corrected.