Lukashenka vows to prevent ‘coups or maidans’ in Belarus

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is keeping a wary eye on the situation in the country, he said at Wednesday’s government conference.

He asked Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), to immediately brief him on the development of the election campaign.

“I see everything. Don’t worry. It is the most important thing. We will bring everyone to their senses when and where it is necessary. There will be no coups in the country. Or maidan-like revolutions,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes him.

The Belarusian leader promised that the CEC would get any support they need, in particular, in the technical field.

Lukashenka: ‘Militant groups’ getting ready to stage riots during election

This year’s election campaign is gaining momentum: lots of Belarusians are spending hours in queques to sign for the nomination of a person or persons who have revealed their presidential ambitions.

To officially become a presidential candidate, a seeker must get 100,000 signatures for his/her nomination. The initiative groups are to be engaged in collecting signatures from May, 21 to June, 19. The names of the candidates will be made public in mid July.

Over the last two weeks, thousands of people throughout the country have been lining up to put their signatures for ‘any on the list but for the incumbent president’. Especially large queues formed after popular vlogger Syarhei Tsikhanouski, a trustee and husband of presidential hopeful Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, had been detained in Hrodna on May, 29.

‘Anyone but him’: Belarusians vent anger on Lukashenka (ENG video)