Russian president calls for fair elections in Belarus

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday urged Belarus to conduct fair and open presidential elections on Dec. 19.

"I am sure that the Belarus people will make their choice and this choice will be made in the framework of law and with the observance of all the rights of Belarus citizens," Medvedev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying in Shanghai during his last day of a three-day state visit to China.

Medvedev also voiced hope the fundamental rights of Belarus citizens would be honored during the forthcoming elections.

On Monday, the Belarus Central Elections Commission (CEC) stopped accepting applications for the registration of activist groups after applications from 17 candidates were filed.

Among the applicants for the country's top position were a nurse, two pensioners, and two unemployed men.

Incumbent Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is to run again, seeking a fourth term.


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