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Elections - 11 October 2015

In mid-2012 Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Politycal Studies [IISEPS] survey found that "Lukashenko's electoral rating, fell by 4.8 points for the second quarter of 2012. In the first half of June, giving an answer to the open question: "If the presidential elections should be held again in Belarus tomorrow, who would you vote for?" 29.7% of respondents mentioned the name of the head of state. Hence, the upsurge of the rating of "an only Belarusian politician", being associated with the stabilization of the economic situation in the country, stopped and a reverse process budded." The percentage of respondents answering the question: "Do you trust the president of Belarus?", was 38.5%, up from 24.5% in September 2011.

On 27 December 2014 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko dismissed the country's prime minister, as the former Soviet state struggles with the effects of Russia's economic crisis. Lukashenko's presidential office says he dismissed Mikhail Myasnikovitch, who had served in his post for four years, and replaced him with his chief of staff, Andrei Kobyakov. President Lukashenko also replaced the head of the central bank and other top ministers as part of the government shakeup.

Belarus named 11 October 2015 as the date for a presidential election which was almost certain to usher in a new five-year term for veteran Alexander Lukashenko. He won a fifth term by a landslide in the elections, which were boycotted by most of the opposition. The election commission reported the president won 83.5 percent of the vote, which was monitored by envoys from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The United States considered the more than 50 persons imprisoned or suffering from restrictions on their freedom imposed by the Government of Belarus to be political prisoners. Eight of these individuals, including presidential candidates Mikola Statkevich and Andrei Sannikau, remain in prison. There were credible reports of mistreatment, including hindering access to legal counsel and relatives.

Following an official invitation from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE, and based on the findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Needs Assessment Mission, the OSCE/ODIHR has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the 11 October 2015 presidential election.

Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko won a fifth term by a landslide in 11 October 2015 elections, which were boycotted by most of the opposition. The election commission reported the president won 83.5 percent of the vote, which was monitored by envoys from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.





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