The US criticizes the elections in Belarus

The US criticizes the elections in Belarus

The United States condemns the "disgraceful" parliamentary and local elections that were held in Belarus on Sunday, the State Department said.

"The election was held under fear, and no election process conducted in such a climate can be called democratic," Department spokesman Mathew Miller said in a statement.

Today's tightly controlled process is expected to strengthen the power of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko, despite opposition calls for a boycott.

President Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for almost three decades. He announced on Sunday that he will run again in next year's presidential election. He accuses the West of trying to use the election to undermine his government and create instability in the country of 9.5 million people.

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