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  2. Expanded Presidential Power Leads to Oppression and Corruption
  3. Relationship With Russia Is Tested
  4. Lukashenka's Reelection Causes Protest and Controversy
  5. Russia Bails Out Belarus
  6. Lukashenka's Government Continues to Hold Sway Despite EU Sanctions
Lukashenka's Government Continues to Hold Sway Despite EU Sanctions

In March 2012, members of the European Union removed their ambassadors from Belarus and imposed a ban on travel for the country's top officials. In retaliation, Lukashenka barred several political opponents, journalists and human rights workers from leaving Belarus.

September's parliamentary elections held no surprises as seats were once again filled by Lukashenka supporters. International observers condemned the vote, which was called undemocratic and non-competitive. Opposition parties the United Civil Party and the Belarusian Popular Front both boycotted the election and encouraged voters not to vote. The Central Elections Commission chairman claimed a 74.3% voter turnout, while local independent observers estimated a number closer to 19%.

See also Encyclopedia: Belarus .
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Belarus
Ministry of Statistics and Analysis .

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