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Belarus poll not fair, say Western observers

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Belarus poll not fair, say Western observers


The European monitoring body, the OSCE, has said the presidential election in Belarus fell far short of international standards.

The EU is likely to base its reaction, to a large extent, on the organisation’s report. The OSCE team was headed by Geert Arens, who said: “It’s clear that the incumbent president allowed state authority to be used in a manner which did not allow free and fair elections in Belarus.” The Council of Europe also criticised the election, branding it a “farce.” It stressed its belief that there had been cheating during the campaign. However, monitors from the Community of Indepedent States, representing some former Soviet republics, declared the election “open and transparent”.
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