Tsikhanouskaya: ‘People refused to give new mandate to Lukashenka’

Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanovskaya has made a comment on Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s swearing-in that took place today. State-run Belarusian media spread the news only after the start of the ceremony, at about 11.30 (local time).

According to Tsikhanouskaya, the head of state ‘has just retired’.

“This attempt to recognise himself as legitimate has resulted in merely completing his previous office; ” the oppositionist said.

Lukashenka sworn-in at unannounced inauguration ceremony in Minsk

As Lukashenka’s orders to the security forces are no longer legitimate, they shall not be executed, Tsikhanouskaya stressed. She also called herself the only legitimate leader of Belarus.

Mentioning her recent visit to Brussels, the politician said that European countries showed support the Belarusian people who demand to put an end to the abyss of violence and lawlessness. The EU is ready to provide assistance to Belarus, Tsikhanouskaya noted.

“There are solid investment packages that are envisaged for Belarus after the victory of democracy,” she added.

In the wake of the unexpected inauguration, Minskers started to take to the streets, some persons have been detained.

Response to Lukashenka’s secret inauguration: Off-the-cuff protests in Minsk

According to the Belarusian Central Election Commission, 80.1% of voters supported Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the 2020 presidential election. Belarusian officials state that his strongest opponent Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya 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.