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Protests erupt across Belarus after "Europe's last dictator" claims election victory

Demonstrations broke out across Belarus on Sunday after a government exit poll predicted that President Aleksander Lukashenko, an authoritarian who has ruled the Eastern European country since 1994, had swept to overwhelming victory over a pro-democracy opposition candidate.

Why it matters: It's a precarious moment for the former Soviet republic, where decades of political repression and a complete disregard for the coronavirus pandemic now threaten to topple "Europe's last dictator."

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