Belarus: Political Situation around the Presidential Election 2020

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Belarus: Political Situation around the Presidential Election 2020
// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2020. no. III (LVIII). P. 9-24

DOI: 10.20542/2073-4786-2020-3-9-24

Abstract. The elections of the President of Belarus were held on August 9, 2020. According to official reports the current President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won them in the first round of voting. The election campaign was extremely tense. Throughout it, protest moods were growing in the Belarusian society. The reason for the mass protests was distrust of the electoral system of the Republic. The harsh actions of law enforcement agencies to disperse demonstrators caused an outraged reaction in the Belarusian society, which led to an increase in protest activity. After Lukashenko's appeal on August 17, 2020 to workers at enterprises that went on strike, civil society activity declined – the transfer of power did not take place. The development of the situation in the future largely depends on the position that the newly elected President Lukashenko will take.

Keywords: Belarus, presidential elections – 2020, A. Lukashenko, political opposition, mass protests, S. Tikhanovskaya, S. Babariko, V. Tsepkalo


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Astakhova S. Belarus: Political Situation around the Presidential Election 2020. Russia and New States of Eurasia, 2020, no. III (LVIII), pp. 9-24. https://doi.org/10.20542/2073-4786-2020-3-9-24



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