Belarus is still seen as a dictatorship today: President Aleksandr Lukashenko has been in power for 26 years. In that period he has manipulated almost the entire politics. Parliament fully supports him, opposition has no chance. Political opponents are mysteriously disappearing and free elections have not been held in the country for more than 20 years.
Hardly anyone believes it was fair. Lukashenko, who came to power in 1994, usually won with percentages known only from North Korea. There was never any serious opposition. That was no different now.
Presidential elections Belarus: Lukashenko, last dictator in Europe, re-elected
Tichanovskaya’s husband, among others, had the political ambition to succeed Lukashenko and make Belarus a modern state, but he was arrested. His 37-year-old wife then decided to step forward without political experience with the most important promise to hold real, free elections within six months.
“The last dictator in Europe” did not let it get that far. However, he should be concerned that Tikhanovskaya, with the support of two other opposition leaders, quickly became very popular. Even though that is not visible in the unofficial “result”.
Since the elections, things have been troubled in Belarus, in the capital Minsk and other cities there are day after day demonstrations against the allegedly committed electoral fraud. During the demonstrations thousands of people were arrested, some people were killed and a large number of people were injured. Order troops and the secret service are very hard on the demonstrators.