October 17, 2000 |
Opposition leaders in Belarus challenged the validity of parliamentary elections, contesting the government's turnout claims. With opposition candidates largely excluded from the ballot, turnout Sunday became a key indicator of support for authoritarian President Alexander G. Lukashenko's government. Opposition parties had called on voters to boycott the election. Turnout must exceed 50% to be valid. The government said turnout was 60.6%; the opposition put it at about 45%. The U.S.
November 26, 1996 |
Bucking a democratic and reformist trend in what was Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe, the president of Belarus claimed victory Monday in a fraud-tainted referendum that proposed restarting his five-year term with sweeping new powers. In two weeks of balloting that ended Sunday, election officials said, 70.5% of registered voters endorsed constitutional changes giving President Alexander G.
July 12, 1994 |
Voters in Ukraine and Belarus, whose leaders conspired to break up the Soviet Union 2 1/2 years ago, have elected presidents favoring closer ties with Russia, official returns showed Monday. The turnabout is expected to give Moscow greater sway over its old empire.
July 11, 1994 |
A fiery anti-corruption crusader scored a landslide victory as Belarussian voters turned out in force Sunday to elect the former Soviet republic's first president. Alexander Lukashenko--dubbed the "Belarussian Zhirinovsky" by critics who compare his populist tactics and outspokenness to those of Russian right-winger Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky--received 80% of the vote against Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kebich, according to Reuters news service.
June 25, 1994 |
In a huge political upset, a dour young corruption fighter who favors closer ties with Russia was on the brink Friday of winning an election and becoming this tiny country's first president. According to preliminary returns, Alexander G. Lukashenko, at 39 the youngest of six candidates, earned 45.1% of the vote in this sleepy, Utah-sized corner of the former Soviet Union. Vyacheslav F. Kebich, the 58-year-old prime minister and odds-on favorite, came in a distant second with 17.
June 23, 1994 |
On the eve of presidential elections that may determine if this nation remains independent, the editor of its largest newspaper complained about the new red-and-white flag. "It's too nationalistic," said Igor N. Osinsky, editor of Sovietskaya Belarossiya. Nor does the 700-year-old heraldic mounted knight, recently retrieved from history's dustbin, inspire the editor to patriotism. "We don't like warlike symbols," he said. "No one knows who that armed horseman is, or where he's going."