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Belarusian politician asks for election aid

THE CHAIRMAN of an opposition political party in Belarus has asked Slovakia to send observers to the upcoming general election in his country.

Vintsuk Viachorka of the Belarusian People's Front met on May 31 with László Nagy, the Slovak Parliament's committee chairman for human rights, ethnic minorities, and women's issues, the news wire TASR wrote.

Viachorka expressed apprehension about the possible manipulation of the ballot. His country is often said to suffer the undemocratic policies of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Viachorka says moral support from the European Union, including Slovakia, important.

A coalition named 5 Plus has been set up by opposition parties in Belarus to enter the election with a manifesto of democratic change, Viachorka told Nagy. The politician from the ex-Soviet country also appeared before a session of NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bratislava on Sunday.

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