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Belarusians vote to extend presidential term limits in suspect poll

[JURIST] The Central Elections Commission in Belarus announced Monday that 77 percent of registered voters approved of a constitutional amendment that will allow President Alexander Lukashenko to run for a third term. However, elections observers say that the referendum "fell significantly short" of international standards. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe faulted Belarusian authorities for failing "to ensure the fundamental conditions necessary for the will of the people to serve as a basis for authority of government." OSCE has this press release. The International Election Observation Mission has released a statement of preliminary findings and conclusions [PDF]. BBC News has more on international reaction to the vote and CTV has more on the referendum results. JURIST's Paper Chase has additional background.

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