Belarus general elections: Opposition figure wins seat in Belarusian parliament (video update)
Politics09:48 Sep. 12, 2016
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Opposition figure wins seat in Belarusian parliament (video update)

Anna Konopatskaya became the first opposition parliamentarian in Belarus in 20 years

At least one representative of an opposition party has won a seat in the next parliament in Belarus, the Central Election Commission has said, RFE/RL reported on Monday.

Anna Konopatskaya of the United Civil Party won a mandate in the 110-seat lower house of parliament in the country's September 11 elections, the commission said on September 12.

Independent candidate Yelena Anisim also won a seat, officials said.

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Konopatskaya will be the first opposition parliamentarian in Belarus in 20 years. Parliament has been dominated by allies of the country's strongman president, Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The commission reported the turnout was 74.32 percent. Of the 521 candidates that ran in the elections, 176 represented opposition parties.

The elections were monitored by more than 400 observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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