These are estimates that surprised everyone. While he seemed struggling against his opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Alexander Lukashenko would have won nearly 79% of the vote. “It doesn’t make any sense. These figures shouldn’t even be published. It is the Central Election Commission that gives the figures President Lukashenko wants. The reality of the election seems to be virtually the other way around.”, assures Marie Mendras, political scientist at CNRS and Science Po.

Even if he is officially elected, Alexander Lukashenko is going to face a popular revolt that is likely to continue. “The vast majority of Belarusians have really had enough, want Lukashenko to go away. They are no longer afraid since they go out into the streets, they send messages. Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa represents a wind of rebellion, of rebellion and opposition which cannot be extinguished “, says Marie Mendras.