Troops Deployed In Belarus As Official Exit Poll Says President Wins Election By Landslide
Amid charges that the vote was rigged, an official exit poll in Belarus showed authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka had won a sixth term in office, prolonging his 26-year rule. Shortly before the polls closed, troops were deployed in the capital, Minsk. The campaign saw tens of thousands of people attend opposition rallies. Western observers, who have regarded no election under Lukashenka to be free or fair, were not invited this time.