|1st President of Belarus|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko (born August 30, 1954) is the autocratically ruling president of Belarus since 1994. During his tenure, he has been admonished by the United States, European Union and other organizations for suppressing democracy and trying to re-instill Soviet practices on the country. Due to unfair election practices, such as accusations of squashing free press and election rigging, Lukashenko was issued travel bans by the United States and the EU. An ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, he has said contradictory statements on the country's actions in Ukraine.[Citation Needed]
Lukashenko was born in Kopys, a city in the Vitebsk oblast in 1954. After high school, Lukashenko graduated from Mogilev State University and the Belarusian Agricultural Academy and served time with the Soviet Frontier (Border) Guards.
Before Lukashenko was the president of Belarus, he was the secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He said that he was the only member of parliament who voted against the indepence of Belarus from the Soviet Union. He is still a sympathizer of the USSR. Belarus is the only country whose intelligence service uses the name KGB. In 1994 he was democratically elected as the president of Belarus. In his tenure he started to control courts, banks and universities, installed a dictatorship and started to improve the relationships with Russia, Kazakhstan and Venezuela. The following elections were rigged and opposition groups forbidden and persecuted. Only the Russian pro-lukashenko observers called the election fair, during the OSCE criticized them. Protesters against the government were arrested.
Lukashenko criticizes the Homosexual agenda. After the gay German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle called him the "last dictator of europe", Lukashenko answered "it is better to be a dictator than gay".
In 2012 Lukashenko made a law which states that people have to register when they are leaving a workplace.