The EU has stated it does now not recognise Alexander Lukashenko because the president of Belarus, an afternoon after he was once sworn in for a 6th time period at a secret rite.
The bloc’s diplomatic leader stated the unannounced inauguration, in addition to his disputed re-election remaining month, lacked “any democratic legitimacy”.
The opposition says the ballot was once rigged in Mr Lukashenko’s favour.
The rustic’s electoral fee stated Mr Lukashenko, who has been in energy for 26 years, gained greater than 80% of the vote, triggering weeks of protests within the former Soviet republic.
A number of hundred other people attended Mr Lukashenko’s swearing-in rite on the Palace of Independence on Wednesday, with many streets of Minsk sealed off.
The visitors had been principally dependable officers and it appears no overseas dignitaries have been invited. One opposition member described it as a “thieves’ assembly”.
What’s the EU announcing?
“The Ecu Union does now not recognise their falsified effects. In this foundation, the so-called ‘inauguration’ of 23 September 2020 and the brand new mandate claimed through Alexander Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy,” the EU’s Josep Borrell stated in a observation.
“This ‘inauguration’ without delay contradicts the need of enormous portions of the Belarusian inhabitants, as expressed in a lot of, unparalleled and non violent protests because the elections, and serves to just additional deepen the political disaster in Belarus.”
He added the EU was once reviewing its members of the family with Belarus “in gentle of the present scenario”.
What’s the background?
Mr Lukashenko’s primary political rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who fled to neighbouring Lithuania amid mass arrests, says she gained 60-70% in puts the place votes had been correctly counted.
Many opposition figures at the moment are in self-imposed exile in neighbouring nations amid a wave of arrests. However in spite of the present crackdown, anti-government protests have persisted.