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11 Aug 2020

Belarus opposition leader flees amid Lukashenko election-rigging allegations

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

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The main opposition leader in Belarus says she fled the country “for the sake of her children” after claiming the presidential election result was rigged.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is now said to be safe in neighbouring Lithuania. President Lukashenko – who’s been in power for 26 years – won a sixth term in office with 80 per cent of the votes – but there are widespread claims of fraud.

Protests have broken out for the last two nights, sparking violent clashes with police.

And a warning, there are bright flashes from the very start.