Elections in Belarus

Presidential elections were held in Belarus and the current president won another term. Alexander Lukashenko (image) has been the president of the country for the last 21 years. Some folks blame his government for restricting other political parties from participating freely in the elections. The journalists in the country cannot print whatever they choose – the press does not enjoy freedom of speech in Belarus.

Belarus used to be part of a country called the Soviet Union (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR) until 1991. The USSR split into fifteen separate countries (Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Georgia). The official languages of Belarus are Belarusian and Russian. The country’s capital city is Minsk. Belarus has a very high literacy rate – out of every 1,000 people over the age of 15, only 3 cannot read or write.

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The USSR was established in 1922 with Vladimir Lenin as its first leader. Here is a video about Lenin.

Image Credits: http://www.president.gov.by/en/ for the image of Lukashenko
Sources: http://www.belarus.by, CIA World Factbook, BBC, Amnestly International