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EU Slaps Visa Ban On Belarus President Lukashenko

The European Union has imposed a visa ban on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 30 other officials in protest of his landslide victory in elections condemned by the West as fraudulent.

EU diplomats announced the decision Monday in Luxembourg.

Mr. Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic for the last 12 years, won 83 percent of the vote in the March 19 presidential election. His nearest opposition challenger, Alexander Milinkevich, got six percent.

The election touched off several days of opposition-led protests in Minsk that were eventually quashed by security forces. Hundreds of activists were detained.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.