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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…

Egyptian court refers “Beheira Bride” murder case to Grand Mufti to consider death sentence

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Damanhur Criminal Court in Egypt on Wednesday referred the case of 20-year-old bride Amira to the Grand Mufti of Egypt so he can issue a religious opinion on the death sentence resulting from charges that she killed her husband, al-Shahat, 28, 5 days after their wedding ceremony.

The court set September 30 a date to issue the final judgment.

Former Chief of the Beheira Security Directorate Alaa al-Din Abdel Fattah received notification from the Central Delengat Hospital that Shahat died due to rat poison slipped in his juice.

Shahat’s father said that Amira refused to marry his son because she was in a relationship with someone else.

Police arrested Amira and 2 other people, who denied being involved in the killing.

Source: egyptindependent.com, Staff, July 31, 2020


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