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Video: Opposition politician Hanna Kanapackaja applies for registration as presidential candidate

Hanna Kanapackaja on Monday applied to the central election commission for registration as a presidential candidate.

Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, the former member of the House of Representatives insisted that she stood a “fairly high” chance of winning the election.

Ms. Kanapackaja, 43, denied speculation that she was just a spoiler candidate whose presidential bid was intended to secure Aliaksandr Lukašenka’s smooth reelection to another term as president. She cited her track record as one of the only two opposition members of the 2016-2019 House of Representatives and her vocal criticism of the government and its policies. “And I am probably the only one of all politicians who has dared say that Belarus is a dictatorship,” she said.

The former member of the United Civic Party defended her criticism of now-detained presidential hopeful Viktar Babaryka as a pro-Russian contender. “I believe that if these remarks were made by a man, they would be met with applause,” she said. “Perhaps the problem here is that Belarusian society today is not fully ready to accept a successful woman as a leader.”

Ms. Kanapackaja said that she had turned in more than 110,000 ballot access signatures to election commissions.

The presidential hopeful said that her 2019 income had totaled 45,741.12 rubels ($19,220 at the current exchange rate).




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