Tikhanovskaya requests EU leaders to cancel Belarus election result

Tikhanovskaya requests EU leaders to cancel Belarus election result

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called on EU leaders to reject President Alexander Lukashenko’s claims of victory in this month’s election.

“I call on you not to acknowledge these fraudulent elections,” Tikhanovskaya said in a video released ahead of Wednesday’s European Council meeting. “Mr. Lukashenko has lost all the legitimacy in the eyes of our nation and the world.”

Starting at midday Wednesday, EU leaders will hold a videoconference to discuss the situation in Belarus, where protesters have held huge demonstrations demanding Lukashenko’s resignation.

Lukashenko had claimed victory with 80 percent of votes in the August 9 election, a widely contested result. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell described the vote as “neither free nor fair.”

In the same video, Tikhanovskaya announced her plan for a peaceful transition of power.

“I have initiated the National Coordination Council of Belarus. It will lead the process of the peaceful transfer of power via dialogue. It will immediately call for new, fair and democratic presidential elections with international supervision,” she said.

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