MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday congratulated Alexander Lukashenko on his reelection Belarusian President and hailed his personal contribution to strengthening friendship and good-neighbourly relations between the two countries, the Russian government said on its website.
"Your convincing victory testifies to the broad support of your course towards improving living standards in Belarus and Belarus’ active participation in the Eurasian integration processes. I am confident that closer cooperation within the Union State [of Russia and Belarus] and the Eurasian Economic Union is in the interests of both Russia and Belarus," Medvedev said in a congratulatory telegram.
Belarus elected its president on Sunday, October 11. According to preliminary results announced by the Belarusian Central Election Commission, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko has won the elections with 83.49% of the vote. Other candidates for president were leader of the Liberal Democratic Party Sergei Gaidukevich, leader of the Belarusian Patriotic Party Nikolai Ulakhovich, and activist of the Tell the Truth campaign Tatiana Korotkevich, the only female candidate.
The voter turnout was 87.92% The Central Election Commission chairperson Lydia Yermoshina said the final results would be announced on Friday, October 16.