Belarus elections: opposition in parliament

Source : 112 Ukraine

Belarus opposition wins one parliamentary seat for first time in 20 years
14:31, 12 September 2016

Belarus Elections

Belarus had parliamentary elections last Sunday. At least one Belorussian opposition candidate was elected to parliament, according to the central election commission, reported by Reuters.

The elections took place in all constituencies. The final results are expected on September 14, though Central Election Committee published the names of 110 elected parliamentarians, elected to the 6th Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, according to preliminary data, reported by Belta

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Anna Konopatskaya, a member of opposition party United Civil Party, had won a place in the parliament, making first opposition representation in Belorussian parliament during last 20 years of exile.

The result will not change the political landscape in the former Soviet republic, called Europe's last dictatorship. External monitors were also given access to the vote count. The opposition's participation in the election is a concession to Western calls for more transparency in Belarus, according to BBC.

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