Belarus: UK condemns ‘appalling’ violence against protesters – does not accept election results | UK News

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Dominic Raab said Britain does not accept the results of the “fraudulent” elections in Belarus.

The British Foreign Secretary called for an urgent investigation into the “serious shortcomings” of the ballot.

Mr. Raab also condemned acts of violence committed by the Belarusian authorities to suppress peaceful protests following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

He said the government will work with international partners to sanction those responsible and hold the country’s authorities to account.

“The world has observed with horror the violence used by Belarusian authorities to suppress the peaceful protests that followed this fraudulent presidential election,” Raab tweeted on Monday.

“The UK does not accept the results. ”

The statement also said: “We urgently need an independent investigation by the OSCE into the loopholes that made the election unfair, as well as the gruesome crackdown that followed. ”

Lukashenko said on Monday that there would be no new presidential election despite calls from the opposition and nationwide anti-government protests.

“You should never expect me to do something under pressure,” he told Belta News Agency.

“They [new elections] will not happen. ”

He said work was underway on possible changes to the constitution that would redistribute power, Belta reported.

Earlier, Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said she was ready to lead Belarus.

Speaking in a video speech from Lithuania, she called for the creation of a legal mechanism to ensure that a new fair presidential election can take place.

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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya wants a new election to take place

“I am ready to assume my responsibilities and act as a national leader during this time,” she said.

Ms Tsikhanouskaya, 37, said it was essential to make the most of the momentum generated by a week of protests.

The former English teacher has become one of the main figures in the opposition against Mr Lukashenko, who faces the biggest challenge to his 26-year reign in the country amid a wave of protests and massive strikes.

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Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of presidential vote, election officials say

Ms. Tsikhanouskaya fled Belarus last week after election results, claiming that she had done it for the safety of her children, but soon started posting videos calling for continued anti-government protests.

On Sunday, Belarusians chanted “Get off! In the center of the capital Minsk in one of the biggest protests to date against the re-election.

Opponents of the president say he rigged the August 9 elections to secure a sixth term in office.

He denies this, however, and, according to the official Central Election Commission, the longtime leader won 80% of the vote – a result rejected by the opposition.

Sections of society generally considered loyal to the president spoke out in favor of the protesters, including police officers, state media journalists and a sitting ambassador, while workers at large state-owned factories staged walkouts .



Tens of thousands of people gather for unprecedented protests in Belarus.

Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Belarus

the first senior government official to side with protesters in Belarus said he expected to be sacked after comparing state violence against them to the former Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin.

Igor Leshchenya, Belarusian Ambassador to Slovakia, told Sky News he suspected many colleagues shared his point of view but did not make it public for fear of the consequences.

The German president urged the Belarusian military not to resort to violence against protesters on Monday.

“I urge the Belarusian military not to sin against their own people by using force,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

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