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Belarus leader Lukashenko says there will be no new election: Belta

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gestures as he delivers a speech during a rally of his supporters near the Government House in Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus August 16, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday there would be no new presidential election despite calls from the opposition and nationwide anti-government protests, the Belta news agency reported.

“You should never expect me to do something under pressure,” he was quoted as saying. “They (new elections) won’t happen.”

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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