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 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."
January 29, 1994 |
In another rout for reformers in the former Soviet Union, a pro-Communist ex-police official was elected head of state in Belarus on Friday. Mechislav Grib, 57, who advocates closer economic and military ties with Russia, was chosen on the second ballot by a vote of 183-55 to succeed ousted liberal reformer Stanislav Shushkevich as Speaker of Parliament.
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.
December 20, 2010 |
After 16 years in office, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko appeared headed for another five-year term in a controversial election Sunday that was quickly followed by violent late-night street clashes and accusations of vote fraud from human rights groups. Final results announced by the state's central election commission indicated that the autocratic 56-year-old leader, who adheres to a bygone Soviet economic model, received 79.7% of the vote, after 100% was counted. Opposition leaders called on their supporters to launch a protest in downtown Minsk's Oktyabrskaya Square before firm results were announced.