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The Leader of Europe's 'Last Dictatorship' Is Facing an Unprecedented Challenge. Here's What It Could Mean for Belarus

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Europe’s longest serving leader Alexander Lukashenko has long worked hard to seem invincible. He has dominated past elections that the U.S. has deemed neither free nor fair and brokered no dissent and suppressed protests. Now, he is facing an unprecedented challenge as he runs for a sixth term as president of Belarus in elections on August 9. A former teacher and political novice, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has emerged as his main rival, pledging to topple Lukashenko’s regime and restore democracy.
Tens of thousands have rallied across Belarus in some of the country’s biggest opposition protests in a decade, amid mounting frustration over the government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, combined with grievances about the economy. Referring to Lukashenko, protestors chanted ‘stop the cockroach’ and held placards reading ‘change!’.
“For the first time in his 26-year rule, Lukashenko knows the majority don’t support him,” says Aleksandr Feduta, a former aide to the incumbent, who was i…

Most Czechs support euthanasia, death penalty - poll

About 2/3 of Czechs support the possibility of euthanasia and the introduction of capital punishment, according to a CVVM institute's poll released today.

The poll showed that church-goers are often against euthanasia and the death penalty.

While also people aged over 60 tend to be more opposed to euthanasia, capital punishment has lower support among university graduates.

64 % believe that Czech legislation should make euthanasia possible, 27 % are against it.

Nearly 2/3 of the respondents would like to have capital punishment reintroduced and 1/3 is against the idea.

However, in the early 1990s, support for the death penalty was higher, being around 3/4 of the population.

The poll was conducted among 1115 persons over 15 in early May.

Source: Czech Happenings, June 29, 2011
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