PRES­I­DENT VOWS TO ROUT AL­LEGED REV­O­LU­TION PLOT

Windsor Star - - WORLD -

MINSK Be­laru­sian Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Lukashenko said on Tues­day that un­named forces were plot­ting a rev­o­lu­tion that would fail.

As early vot­ing be­gan in an elec­tion in which he is seek­ing to ex­tend his 26-year rule, Lukashenko said he would pro­tect Be­larus from op­po­nents he por­trayed as wreck­ers con­trolled by “pup­pet mas­ters” abroad.

He faces his tough­est chal­lenge for years in Sun­day’s elec­tion be­cause of public anger over his han­dling of the COVID-19 pan­demic, the econ­omy and hu­man rights in the strate­gi­cally im­por­tant east Euro­pean coun­try of 9.5 mil­lion.

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