Belarus leader faces toughest challenge as he runs for sixth term

After serving 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is facing the toughest challenge yet as he is running for a sixth term.

Lukashenko, who was known for his relentless crackdowns on dissent and was once called “Europe’s last dictator” in the West has clarified that he won’t hesitate to again use force, if necessary, to quash any attempts by the opposition to protest against the results of the Presidential election.

Dissatisfaction over a worsening economy and the government’s scathing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has further fuelled the country’s largest opposition rallies since Alexander Lukashenko became first and only elected president of the country after the downfall of the Soviet Union.

It must be noted that a country of 9.5 million people, Belarus has reported more than 68,500 confirmed Coronavirus cases along with 580 fatalities due to the deadly virus.

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