Belarus Election – level 3
Europe’s last dictator and Belarus authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has won his sixth term in office, with over 80% of the votes.
Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Minsk, and other cities in the country to protest the early vote count because they believe that it has been officially manipulated. The main opposition challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, disputed the election results, and she claimed that she had absolutely opposite information. Tikhanovskaya is an English teacher with no political experience, and she came under heavy pressure as eight members of her staff were arrested over the weekend.
Protesters have been taking to the streets for weeks, as the two main opposition leaders were denied places on the ballot. One of the leaders was jailed, and the other one fled to Russia with his children.
Difficult words: authoritarian (someone who forces people to obey rules that are and they cannot speak out against the leader), dispute (to argue about something), ballot (a sheet of paper with listed candidates on which voters mark their vote).
You can watch the video news lower on this page.
What do you think about this news?
LEARN 3000 WORDS with NEWS IN LEVELS
News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions
How to improve your English with News in Levels:
- Do the test at Test Languages.
- Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.
- Read two news articles every day.
- Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.
- Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
- Listen to the news from today without reading the text.
- Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.