They might not win, but 3 women are 'giving hope' to Belarus with an unlikely presidential bid

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They might not win, but 3 women are 'giving hope' to Belarus with an unlikely presidential bid

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Elections in Belarus are usually a boring, predictable affair.

Often referred to as "Europe's last dictator," Alexander Lukashenko is normally crowned the victor in an event that has had the same outcome over his 26 years of iron-fisted rule.

But this time, it's different. Three women are standing against Lukashenko, one of the world's most authoritarian leaders, in a challenge that symbolizes the electorate's hunger for change.

Just a few weeks ago, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veronika Tsepkalo and Maria Kolesnikova had no plans to take on the president.

Now, they hold rallies with tens of thousands of their supporters — the largest expression of dissent Belarus has seen in years — asking them to vote Lukashenko out.

Click here to read the full article published by NBC News on 8 Agost 2020.

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