Alexander Lukashenko

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Alexander Lukashenko
Аляксандр Лукашэнка
Александр Лукашенко
Alaksandr Łukaszenka
Alexander Lukashenko 2020.jpg
President of Belarus
Assumed office
20 July 1994
Prime MinisterVyacheslav Kebich
Mikhail Chigir
Sergey Ling
Vladimir Yermoshin
Gennady Novitsky
Sergei Sidorsky
Mikhail Myasnikovich
Andrei Kobyakov
Preceded byMyechyslaw Hryb (Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet)
Chairperson of the Supreme State Council of the Union State
Assumed office
26 January 2000
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born (1954-08-30) 30 August 1954 (age 66)
Kopys, Soviet Union
(now Belarus)
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union (until 1991)
Communists for Democracy (1991–1992)[1]
Independent (1992–2007)
Belaya Rus (2007–present)
Spouse(s)Galina Zhelnerovich (1975–present)
WebsiteOfficial website
Alexander Lukashenko, 2007

Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko (born 30 August 1954) is de facto President of the country of Belarus. He has been its leader since 1994. He was the first leader of the country to be chosen by Belarus citizens.

Before becoming the leader, he belonged to the law making section of the government. He was also in the military of the Soviet Union and ran a factory that made things to help farming.

He has been called "Europe's last dictator".[2][3]

His re-election in 2020 was seen as controversial with many saying it was rigged and unfair. His re-election caused many to protest against the election results.[4]

In July 2020, he said that he had COVID-19 after telling people that to avoid the disease they should drink vodka.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Alyaksandr Hrygorevich Lukashenka, in: Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
  2. "Europe's last dictator: The rise and (possible) fall of Alexander Lukashenko". The Atlantic Council. 10 August 2020.
  3. "Europe's 'Last Dictator,' Facing Re-Election, Is Increasingly in Peril". The New York Times. 7 August 2020.
  4. "Менск: да «Рыгі» дабраліся сілавікі, пачалася зачыстка, чуваць шумавыя гранаты, будуюцца барыкады". Радыё Свабода (in Belarusian).
  5. Europe's last dictator got COVID-19 after telling people they could avoid it by drinking vodka and going to the sauna