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Putin congratulates Lukashenko on being elected Belarusian president

October 12, 2015, 10:17 UTC+3

Alexander Lukashenko is reportedly winning the Belarusian presidential elections with 83.49% of the vote

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MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to Alexander Lukashenko congratulating him on his reelection as the Belarusian president, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

In the telegram, Putin stressed that "Lukashenko’s decisive victory in the election indicates his high political authority and trust from the population, as well as active support of the course the country is taking toward further social-economic development."

The Russian president expressed hope that Lukashenko’s actions as the head of state will contribute to development of Russian-Belarusian strategic partnership, strengthening the Union State, boosting cooperation in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and other international structures.

Putin also confirmed his intentions to continues constructive joint work for the benefit of "the fraternal peoples of the two countries."

Belarusian presidential election

Belarus Central Election Commission chief Lidiya Yermoshina said earlier on Monday that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is winning the Belarusian presidential elections with 83.49% of the vote.

The voter turnout was 87.2% Thus, following the elections, 61-year-old Lukashenko will take the post of the Belarusian president for the fifth time.

Head of the CIS' mission of international observers Sergei Lebedev said on Monday presenting the mission's report that the election in Belarus was transparent, complied with the constitution, election code and democratic principles.

"The election has confirmed the support for the country leader," he said. "The people in Belarus voted for stability and peace."

After the official results of the elections are approved, the Belarusian government resigns and the head of state accepts the resignation, and then appoints a new government.

Inauguration of the Belarusian president elect will take place not later than December 11, 2015, Yermoshina told TASS.

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