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Lukashenka Tells Voters 'You'll Elect Me'


http://gdb.rferl.org/4869544d-e92e-437d-98c0-655f580fd10f_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/4869544d-e92e-437d-98c0-655f580fd10f_mw800_mh600.jpg Lukashenka will be standing for his third term in office next March (file photo) (CTK) 4 November 2005 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka appeared on state TV today and told his nation they would elect him in next year's presidential election.


Lukashenka was shown visiting a town in southeastern Belarus and saying about the next presidential election: "What can you do? You'll elect me."


He added, "And I will work."


Lukashenka was first elected in 1994 and has prolonged his term in office through elections and referendums that some western governments and rights organizations said were flawed.


A vote last year gave him the right to run again in 2006.


(AP)

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