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MINSK, BELARUS -- The Belarus interior minister warned the opposition Friday that authorities would break up any attempts to rally on the day of presidential elections.
"We will instruct the participants to disperse, and if they don't do so within 10 to 15 minutes, we will use all means under the law," Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov said on national television.
President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled his isolated former Soviet nation with an iron hand since 1994, is expected to win another term in the March 19 elections.
Over the past dozen years Lukashenko has quashed dissent and maintained his grip on power through votes dismissed as illegitimate by his opponents.
Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich -- the main presidential challenger to Lukashenko -- has vowed mass protests in case of election fraud.