Belarus election: Clashes after poll predicts Lukashenko re-election

Published by BBC.COM

Summary generated on August 9, 2020

    Protesters and riot police have clashed in Belarus' capital Minsk and other cities, after a state TV exit poll said long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected in Sunday's election.

    The state TV exit poll showed that Mr Lukashenko won nearly 80% of the vote.

    Ms Tikhanovskaya, 37, entered the election in place of her jailed husband and went on to lead large opposition rallies.

    There were no serious challengers and election observers reported problems in the counting and tabulation of votes.

    In the lead-up to the election she told the BBC that people in Belarus did not believe the election would be run fairly.

    Since the start of the election campaign in May, more than 2,000 people have been detained, according to Human Rights Centre Viasna.

    There were already concerns over a lack of scrutiny because observers were not invited to monitor the election and more than 40% of votes were cast ahead of election day.