Belarus Bars Opposition Candidates From Running In Next Month’s Presidential Election

The Guardian: Belarus bans two opposition candidates from running in electionsCritics say disbarring Viktor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo is effort to ensure sixth term for incumbent

Belarus has barred two popular opposition candidates from running in the presidential elections next month in what their supporters said was a blatant effort to ensure a sixth term for the autocrat Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled for a quarter of a century.

The country’s election commission disbarred Viktor Babariko, an outspoken former banker, and Valery Tsepkalo, an entrepreneur and former diplomat, from the poll, despite both having collected more than 100,000 signatures in a boisterous pre-election campaign.

“The government is so weak that they did not even allow Babariko [to run in the elections] from behind bars,” said Maria Kalesnikava, a representative for Babariko’s campaign, after the election commission announced its decision on Tuesday.


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