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Kyiv Post - - OPINION -

Em­bat­tled Be­laru­sian dic­ta­tor Alexan­der Lukashenko has started his self-pro­claimed sixth term as pres­i­dent of Be­larus. How­ever, his in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony on Sept. 23 took Be­laru­sians by sur­prise — Lukashenko didn’t an­nounce it in ad­vance, so only top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were present. The Be­laru­sian op­po­si­tion de­scribes the cer­e­mony as a “thieves meet­ing” and a “farce,” as it hap­pened while protests over Lukashenko’s du­bi­ous elec­tion win con­tin­ued. Ukraine, the U.S. and the Euro­pean Union didn’t rec­og­nize Lukashenko as the le­git­i­mate pres­i­dent of Be­larus even af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion.

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