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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in its assessment of Sunday’s election that the vote did not meet international standards.

Belarus’ parliament has long been considered a rubber-stamp body for President Alexander Lukashenko’s policies. He has ruled the former Soviet nation since 1994 and Western observers have criticized all recent elections in Belarus as undemocratic.

The main opposition parties had boycotted the election to protest the detention of political prisoners and opportunities for election fraud.

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