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Belarus election: Lukashenko wins landslide of more than 80 percent - exit polls

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By Euronews
Belarus election: Lukashenko wins landslide of more than 80 percent - exit polls

<p>Exit polls in Belarus say that strongman Alexander Lukashenko has won a fifth term as president with more than 80 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s election.</p> <p>It means the authoritarian leader is poised to pursue his 21 year iron grip on the reins of power.</p> <p>Often styled as ‘Europe’s last dictator’, he faced no serious challenge with leading opposition figures either barred from standing or boycotting the ballot.</p> <p>Exit polls showed Lukashenko won 80-84 percent of the vote, slightly more than the 80 percent support he registered in the 2010 elections.</p> <p>Three other candidates taking part scraped less than 6 percent of the votes each, say the polls.</p> <p>The EU has been watching closely, with diplomatic sources suggesting that sanctions on Belarus could be lifted if the vote passed off peacefully – avoiding the crackdown that marred the last presidential election.</p>