‘I was so popular, I cheated’
MOSCOW: Belarus’s strongman leader has admitted rigging the country’s last presidential election – because, he says, his popularity is so vast that the true margin of victory was unbelievable and had to be lowered.
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview this week that he took 93 percent of the vote in the country’s 2006 presidential polls, but had the number reduced for “psychological” reasons.
“I gave the order for it to be not 93%, but around 80%, I can’t remember how much. Because when you get over 90, this is not accepted psychologically. But it was the truth,” he said.
Official results had Lukashenko winning 83% of the vote. – Sapa-AFP