Two opposition candidates enter Belarus parliament


Two opposition candidates  – Alena Anisim (Belarusian Language Society) and Hanna Kanapatskaya (United Civic Party of BelarusCPB) – got into the lower chamber of Belarus’ National Assembly.

Hanna Kanapatskaya is a lawyer and the director of a law firm. Her competitors were Tatsiana Karatkevich (‘Tell the Truth’ civil campaign) and Alyaksandr Drozhzha, the director of the railway station ‘Minsk-Pasazhyrski. Independent media called the latter a pro-regime candidate and the most probable winner.

Alena Anisim has been working at the Institute of Language and Literature of the National Academy of Sciences since 1991. She is a deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Language Society named after Frantsishak Skaryna. She also hosted the program “Belarusian Language” on TV station ONT.

In the run up of the parliamentary election, Alena Anisim took part in pre-election debates on the Belsat TV:

On September 11, the 2016 parliamentary election took place in Belarus. According to the Central Election Commission, the voter turnout was 74.32%.

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