A GLAMOROUS 22-year-old beauty queen who has been linked romantically to Belarus’ dictator has become the country’s youngest MP amid claims of a rigged election.
Maria Vasilevich has been seen frequently in public with President Alexander Lukashenko, 65, since she was crowned Miss Belarus in May 2018.
Lukashenko, an ex-collective farm boss from the Soviet era, who has been dubbed “Europe’s last dictator”, has ruled the state with an iron fist since 1994.
Opposition politicians are harshly punished for organising protests against the regime.
Results published on Monday showed not a single opposition candidate had won a seat in a weekend parliamentary election.
In recent months, has been spotted with Ms Vasilevich on many occasions.
Together the couple, who have a 43 year age gap, have attended ice hockey matches, state-run arts festivals and the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.
They have danced together at a New Year’s ball in the capital Minsk which was broadcast on national TV.
The dictator also reportedly personally oversaw Ms Vasilevich’s preparations in Miss World 2018, where she came third.
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Ms Vasilevich also was awarded a state medal for her “significant” contribution to culture and charity.
Not surprisingly Sunday’s elections resulted in a clean sweep for parties loyal to Lukashenko.
Opposition figures denounced the election as a sham.