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The Belarusian leader Lukashenko Retained power

The president, who has ruled for 20 years, retained power after winning 83.5% of the vote and could now see EU sanctions lifted Guardian Reported.

The Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has won a predicted landslide victory in presidential elections, giving the 61-year-old a fifth term in power, amid signs the EU may be willing to relax sanctions against him.

Lidia Yermoshina, chairwoman of the Belarusian Central Election Commission, said that Mr Lukashenko garnered 83.5% in Sunday’s vote. His closest contender trailed behind with less than 5%.Mr Lukashenko’s vote share was an increase from 79.7% vote share in 2010.

About 100 opposition supporters held a peaceful protest march after polls closed to show their discontent.

Ms Yermoshina said all the ballots have been counted inside the country while the ballots cast at embassies abroad have yet to be counted.The authoritarian leader of 21 years faced no serious competition in the election, which was boycotted by the opposition.

Opposition activists cast doubt on the high turnout, more than 87%, as reported by authorities.

“The election commissions made up the results as they wished,” opposition leader Anatoly Lebedko claimed.

“That would mean that people were beginning to move away and were dissatisfied with some of my policies,” the 61-year-old president said after voting in Minsk, the Belarusian capital.

Presidents of Vietnam, Tajikistan , Islamic republic of Iran , Russia and Armenia ware among the people who congratulated him.

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