No opposition members in new Parliament


Not a single member of the opposition was elected in the general election today for the fifth convocation of the House of Representatives (lower house) of the National Assembly or Parliament on Sunday.

Although three members of the Communist Party of Belarus and one Agrarian Party member was also elected, both parties are known to support President Alexander Lukashenko. All other elected members were supporters of the president as Independents.

The Central Elections Commission (CEC) has announced that 109 of the 110 members of the House of Representatives have been elected. The final constituency failed to return a 50% turnout and a second round will be called for this remaining seat.

Turnout was 74.2% according to the CEC but this is being disputed by the opposition.

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