Three women have teamed up to fight presidential polls in Belarus, pitting “female solidarity” against strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who insists the country is not ready for a woman president.

Their campaign comes as the rights group Amnesty International on Friday released a report condemning the ex-Soviet country’s discriminatory treatment of women opposition activists, citing threats of sexual violence and taking their children into care.

Lukashenko is standing for a sixth term in August 9 polls in the authoritarian country bordering Russia and the European Union.

The vote’s result is in little doubt given his total dominance of previous elections, not recognized as free or fair by Western observers.


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