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Tikhanovskaya urges EU to not acknowledge ‘fraudulent’ Belarus elections, vows to guide a ‘peaceable transition of energy’

Tikhanovskaya urges EU not to recognize ‘fraudulent’ Belarus elections, vows to lead a ‘peaceful transition of power’

Opposition chief Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has urged the European Union to reject the results of Belarus’ contested presidential election, whereas calling on the bloc to respect the nation’s sovereignty.

In a video message addressed to the European Council, Tikhanovskaya, who fled to Lithuania final week, mentioned that the EU mustn’t acknowledge the “fraudulent” August 9 election, including that President Alexander Lukashenko has “misplaced all legitimacy within the eyes of our nation.” 

She introduced the formation of the Nationwide Coordination Council of Belarus, which is able to “lead the method of peaceable transition of energy by way of dialogue.” The council will name for “new, truthful, and democratic presidential elections,” the primary opposition candidate mentioned. 

Worldwide observers ought to take part in an effort to make sure the legitimacy of the brand new election, Tikhanovskaya added, whereas stressing that EU leaders ought to “respect the sovereignty of Belarus and the selection of the Belarusian folks.”

Her message comes forward of the European Council’s emergency assembly on the state of affairs in Belarus, which is scheduled to happen afterward Wednesday. In a press release saying the summit, European Council President Charles Michel mentioned that “the folks of Belarus have the best to resolve on their future and freely elect their chief.” He condemned the violence towards anti-government protesters. 

EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned final week that the bloc wouldn’t acknowledge the results of the Belarus elections, and Brussels has threatened Minsk with sanctions over the political disaster. 

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