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Belarus: Election Day

As Belarusians voted in a presidential election on December 19 that was likely to be dominated by strongman President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, opposition leaders cried foul and police appeared to gird for possible expressions of public dissatisfaction.

A polling station in the capital, Minsk.
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A polling station in the capital, Minsk.

Central Electoral Committee Chairwoman Lidya Yermoshina at the committee's information center in Minsk.
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Central Electoral Committee Chairwoman Lidya Yermoshina at the committee's information center in Minsk.

An Orthodox nun casts her ballot in the town of Grodno.
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An Orthodox nun casts her ballot in the town of Grodno.

Heavy snowfall blanketed most of Belarus, with campaign flyers supplying about the only bursts of color.
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Heavy snowfall blanketed most of Belarus, with campaign flyers supplying about the only bursts of color.

A woman casts a ballot from home in the village of Korolev Stan.
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A woman casts a ballot from home in the village of Korolev Stan.

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka waves to journalists as he arrives with his young son to vote in Minsk.
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President Alyaksandr Lukashenka waves to journalists as he arrives with his young son to vote in Minsk.

Presidential candidate Vladimir Neklyayev holds a ballot that he refused to cast in protest.
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Presidential candidate Vladimir Neklyayev holds a ballot that he refused to cast in protest.

A man casts his ballot during voting in the village of Bogdanovshchyna.
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A man casts his ballot during voting in the village of Bogdanovshchyna.

As the opposition threatened protests, police appeared to boost their presence near October Square in Minsk...
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As the opposition threatened protests, police appeared to boost their presence near October Square in Minsk...

...including with paddy wagons.
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...including with paddy wagons.

Lukashenka wipes sweat from his face as he speaks to media after voting.
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Lukashenka wipes sweat from his face as he speaks to media after voting.

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