Belarus votes on constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits

Voters in Belarus (official government website) are deciding Sunday whether to amend their constitution to abolish presidential terms limits and allow President Alexander Lukashenko (official website; BBC profile here) to run for a third term in 2006. Currently under Article 81 presidents can only serve two five-year terms. Many observers doubt Lukashenko will recieve the requisite 50% support from the population of 10 million. The US (read a State Department release here) and other countries have voiced concerns about the fairness of the vote. Reuters has more. Lukashenko's office has issued this statement in English on the President casting his own vote.

UPDATE: Late reports say Belarus opposition leaders are accusing the govenment of arresting exit-poll takers and keeping away observers. AP has more.

 

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