Lukashenko reelected as Belarus president

MINSK, December 20 (Itar-Tass) -- Incumbent Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was reelected at the presidential elections on Sunday. Lukashenko gained 79.67% of votes after 99% of votes were counted, the Central Election Commission reported the preliminary results on Monday. The turnout has made 90.66%, CEC chairwoman Lidia Yermoshina said.

At the previous presidential elections in 2006 Lukashenko gained 82.6% of votes.

"In 2006 Lukashenko gained 82.6% of votes that is two percent higher than this year," Yermoshina said. But the turnout went down from 92.6% to 90.66%.

"I would like to state that it is the preliminary results that may change for these two percent," she noted.

"No complaints were made in the Central Election Commission," Yermoshina underlined.

The CEC chairwoman reiterated that "this is the preliminary results as 99% of votes were counted." "The election returns will be transmitted from abroad on Monday evening," she added.

Andrei Sannikov and Yaroslav Romanchuk are far behind Alexander Lukashenko. "Alexander Lukashenko gained 79.67% of votes, Grigory Kostusev - 1.97%, Alexei Mikhalevich - 1.2%, Vladimir Neklyayev 1.77%, Yaroslav Romanchuk - 1.97%, Vitaly Rymashevsky - 1.1%, Andrei Sannikov -2.56%, Nikolai Statkevich - 1.04%, Viktor Tereshchenko -


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