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11.07.2018 16:35 Photos

In pictures: Vasil Palyakow elected leader of United Civic Party

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Satsyuk)
The United Civic Party (UCP) on Sunday elected Vasil Palyakow as its new chairperson, ending Anatol Lyabedzka’s 18-year reign at the helm of the major opposition organization.
At the party’s 18th convention, 62 delegates voted for Mr. Palyakow while the runner-up, Mikalay Kazlow, won 19 votes. Four people voted for Lyudmila Hraznova and five for Maksim Zharnowski. Three more delegates voted against all candidates.
Mr. Lyabedzka, who had led the UCP since 2000, pulled out of the race for the party’s top post at the last minute, citing his intention to retire from political decision-making within the organization.
Born in the Homyel region in 1969, Mr. Palyakow graduated from Homyel State University and worked as a history teacher at school for some time. He joined the UCP in 1996, ahead of that year’s controversial referendum that gave Alyaksandr Lukashenka sweeping powers. He had been UCP deputy chairperson for many years prior to his election as the party’s leader.

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