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Lukashenko abruptly sworn in for new presidential term in Belarus

MOSCOW, Sept 23 (Reuters) - President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in for a new term on Wednesday, the official news agency Belta said, in a sudden inauguration conducted with no prior announcement.

The ceremony, which would normally be publicised in advance as a major state occasion, follows a disputed election on Aug. 9 in which Lukashenko, in power since 1994, claimed a landslide victory. The opposition accused him of massive vote-rigging. (Writing by Mark Trevelyan; editing by John Stonestreet)

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