Arrested Development in Belarus

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 03/15/2006 12:00 am EST

The 10 million citizens of Belarus don't go to the polls until March19, but the outcome is already certain: Alexander Lukashenko will win a third term as president. Most other governments in Europe, which see him as the continent's last dictator, will express their dismay and claim that the election was unfair. They will be right in the sense that the opposition has been mercilessly harassed and that the counting of the votes probably won't meet international standards. But they will be wrong if they really think that Lukashenko would have lost a fair election.

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