New premier after 'flawed' vote


Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed a new prime minister (AP)

The authoritarian leader of Belarus has appointed a new prime minister after last week’s disputed presidential election.

Mikhail Myasnikovich was named premier after the Cabinet’s resignation that followed the December 20 presidential election.

The 60-year-old official headed the Belarus Academy of Sciences and was deputy prime minister in the 1990s.

International monitors and opposition called the fourth re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko “flawed”.

Police brutally dispersed a rally that protested election results, arresting hundreds. Five opposition candidates were arrested and face up to 15 years in jail.

On Tuesday, intelligence officers searched the office of an independent daily and the houses of opposition activists.

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