Opposition loses parliamentary election in Belarus

RBC, 29.09.2008, Minsk 10:44:50.As a result of yesterday's election, not a single opposition candidate won a seat in the Belarus parliament, Lidiya Yermoshina, head of the country's Central Election Commission, was cited by the Echo of Moscow radio station as saying today. She noted that 99 deputies had already been elected to the parliament.

The voting was over at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Moscow time) on Sunday. Voter turnout stood at 75.3 percent. A total of 263 candidates, including 70 representatives of the opposition, competed for 110 seats. Ahead of the election, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko had repeatedly expressed interest in the international recognition of its results. Several hundred international observers were accredited to monitor the election, including those from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Head of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) Vladimir Churov also arrived in Belarus to monitor the voting process.



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