Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the stay-at-home mum rocking Belarus polls | AFP

Stay-at-home-mother Svetlana Tikhanovskaya never had presidential ambitions. But in a tale worthy of a Hollywood script, in a matter of weeks the 37-year-old has gone from an unknown to the strongest rival to Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking a sixth term in the August 9 poll.

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Belarus: thousands attend leading opposition candidate campaign rally | AFP

Thousands of supporters of the president’s top election rival attend a rally in the town of Maladzechna, some 70 km northwest of Minsk in Belarus. Stay-at-home-mother Svetlana Tikhanovskaya never had presidential ambitions but has become a leading opposition candidate to president Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking a sixth term in polls on August 9.

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