Pavel Latushka, Head of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration (PACA) and former Belarusian minister, called on opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya to take over the presidency of Belarus as ‘the leader elected by the nation’.
In his opinion, such a step could contribute to protecting Belarus from being absorbed by Russia. According to Pavel Latushka, it is not ruled out that during today’s talks Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin might come to terms on a number of issues, e.g, deploying a Russian military base to Belarus, the presence of Russian military contingent, putting the Russian ruble nto circulation in the country, etc.
If Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya agreed to take the lead role, it would bar Lukashenka from selling out Belarus’ sovereignty to Russia, Latushka believes.
He called on Tsikhanouskaya to be inaugurated and make resolutions as the legitimate leader of Belarus: “Decisions to be made today are being taken by the illegitimate president who has no legal rights to decide for the Belarusian people.”
Pavel Latushka admits that Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya will hardly get an opportunity to fully exercise her duties at once, but even the corresponding declaration of her would provide the opposition with ‘quite powerful tools’ in the run-up to would-be negotiations with international partners.
“We are ready to adequately respond to the situation, taking into account all circumstances. This [confirmation of her readiness to take over the presidency] is a solution that we do have in store. Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya is accepted as the leader of Belarus at the highest level even now, i.e. she meets with presidents, prime ministers and ministers of other countries,” the press service of the politician’s office commented on Pavel Latushka’s initiative when reached by Belsat.
According to the official resolution by the Central Election Commission (CEC) chaired by pro-government official Lidziya Yarmoshyna, 5.8 mln Belarusian citizens voted in the 2020 presidential election, 4.6 million (80.1%) supported Lukashenka. Belarusian officials state that his strongest rival Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya only got 10.12% of votes. However, on the back of announcing the results of the official exit polls, Belarusians started to take to the streets, claiming that their votes were stolen. It should be recalled that Tsikhanouskaya left Belarus in August after being retained for about seven hours in the CEC, where security officers were exerting pressure upon her and threatening her family.