Leader of Belarus rejects calls to rerun presidential vote

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The embattled president of Belarus has rejected any possibility of repeating the vote that gave him a sixth term. Alexander Lukashenko also lashed out at the West and declared that the former Soviet republic would “perish as a state” if the election were rerun. He spoke Sunday at a rally of tens of thousands of supporters near the main government building in the capital of Minsk. Protesters demanding his resignation organized a nearby opposition rally that attracted a crowd that appeared to swell beyond 100,000. It was the ninth straight day of anti-government rallies.