Belarus president re-elected

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December 25, 2010 04:26

 
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MINSK, Belarus — The authoritarian leader of Belarus has been declared the winner of an election condemned by international monitors and his challengers, as police rounded up carol-singing protesters near the prison where most of the challengers are held.

The Central Election Commission said Friday that President Alexander Lukashenko won 79.6 percent of Sunday's vote. His nearest challenger, Andrei Sannikov, got 2.4 percent — and was beaten and jailed after the vote along with six other presidential hopefuls and hundreds of protesters.

Club-wielding riot police dispersed and beat 10,000 demonstrators protesting voting fraud Sunday.

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