Lukashenko has suppressed opposition and independent media since becoming president in 1994. He has faced little real opposition in the elections since then.
Belarus president dismisses government
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusia’s authoritarian president has dismissed his Cabinet two months before a scheduled presidential election. President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in the August 9 election he is almost sure to win. He said Wednesday that most Cabinet ministers would retain their positions in the new government he plans to name before the vote.