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U.S. ’Disappointed’ Belarus’ Election Not Free, Fair

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U.S. ’Disappointed’ Belarus’ Election Not Free, Fair

The United States said it was “disappointed” by the presidential election in Belarus, saying it fell short of the former Soviet republic’s international commitment to holding polls that are free and fair.

U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said international observers had noted “serious problems” with the October 11 vote, which elected strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka to a fifth term as president by a landslide of 83.5 percent.

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