Another former presidential candidate in Belarus arrested

Minsk/Kiev - Belarusian authorities have arrested a former presidential candidate, news agencies reported Tuesday, in a continuing crackdown on government opponents following December's disputed presidential election.

The Belarusian secret police detained ex-presidential candidate Ivan Kulikov in Minsk and later searched his flat, the Belapan and Itar-Tass news agencies both reported.

Kulikov, a manager at a nuclear power plant, attempted to stand in a December presidential election but failed to obtain enough signatures to get his name on the ballot.

Kulikov could be held by police for three days for questioning, Itar-Tass said.

President Aleksander Lukashenko won a fourth term in office in a December poll that international observers said was rigged. Hundreds of people were arrested after the massive protests that followed.

Meanwhile, it was announced in Berlin that Belarus will no longer be invited to attend next month's prestigious Munich Security Conference because of human rights violations after the election.


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