Serious clashes have broken out between police and protesters in Belarus

Serious clashes have broken out between police and protesters in Belarus following disputed exit polls that claimed to show an overwhelming 79.7 per cent victory for the country’s long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday’s presidential elections.

In Minsk, there were reports of barricades, water cannon, stun grenades and rounds of rubber bullets being used against protestors. In one instance, a police van drove into crowds. In other cities across the country, officers reportedly laid down arms and crossed to the side of protesters.

An 86-year-old man and his wife, aged 85, also perished in the flooding in Evia, it was confirmed today.

Three of the victims, including a baby, were found in the village of Politika.

During the course of the weekend five MPs, all Christians opposed to Mr Aoun and to Hezbollah, announced that they were resigning their seats.

Manal Samad, the minister of information, a member of the minority Druze sect, also announced that she was stepping down. She said she was resigning in response to “the public will for change”.

‘Until further notice, this will be his residence after he ruled out other more distant destinations such as the Dominican Republic or New Zealand,’ said El Confidencial.

Daily newspaper ABC had earlier reported that Juan Carlos left Spain on Sunday and flew to the Dominican Republic via Portugal.

The headteachers’ union has criticised Johnson’s push and warned that schools will teach pupils on a “week on-week off” basis if there is a resurgence of the coronavirus, and are drawing up a number of contingency plans, according to the Telegraph. 

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that Johnson has ordered a public relations campaign to ensure schools open on time.