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Why a ‘rigged’ election in a forgotten corner of Europe is capturing the world’s attention – SBS News

Experts say Belarus is currently facing a “political cliffhanger” and a key ally, along with the Western world, is watching closely.

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For the past week, the streets of Belarus have been filled with angry protesters, following the landslide, yet disputed, election victory of long-time President Alexander Lukashenko. 
But the mood among demonstrators is shifting from anger and despair to hope, as Belarusians appeal for change from the authoritarian leader who has ruled their country for 26 years. 
As tens of thousands of people on Sunday filled the centre of the capital, Minsk, there was a sense among some demonstrators Belaru…

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