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World Belarus: EU says Lukashenko is not the legitimate president

13:21  24 september  2020
13:21  24 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The EU has said it does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus , a day after he was sworn in for a sixth term at a secret ceremony. Several EU countries and the US say they do not recognise Mr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus .

The European Union does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus , the bloc’s diplomatic chief said on Tuesday, a day after the embattled leader was welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Josep Borrell, the EU ’s high representative for foreign affairs

President Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate president of Belarus, the European Union said on Thursday, saying his abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.

Alexander Lukashenko wearing a suit and tie: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reports that the ceremony will take place with several hundred top government official present. (Andrei Stasevich/Pool Photo via AP) © Andrei Stasevich/AP Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reports that the ceremony will take place with several hundred top government official present. (Andrei Stasevich/Pool Photo via AP)

The ceremony accelerated EU plans to boycott Lukashenko following the disputed August 9 election, as the European Parliament had earlier decided not to recognize the veteran leader from November, when his term as president was due to end.

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Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya denounced Wednesday's abrupt swearing-in of President Alexander Lukashenko for a sixth term, saying he was "neither a “It also means that after today Alexander Lukashenko is neither a legal nor a legitimate head of Belarus .

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus took the oath of office in Minsk on No longer recognized as a legitimate leader of Belarus by Western nations and many Belarusians , his fate is “For the first time, I can say that I am proud to live in Belarus .” Mr. Lukashenko initially brushed off

"The so-called 'inauguration' ... and the new mandate claimed by Alexander Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy," the EU's 27 states said in a statement.

"This 'inauguration' directly contradicts the will of large parts of the Belarusian population, as expressed in numerous, unprecedented and peaceful protests since the elections, and serves to only further deepen the political crisis in Belarus."

The EU, a large financial donor to Belarus, also said it was "reviewing its relations" with the country, meaning the bloc would seek to cut off direct funding to Lukashenko's government, channeling it to aid groups and hospitals instead.

Before the election, the EU had committed to spend 135 million euros on projects in Belarus and has also pledged 53 million euros for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Mr. Lukashenko is the legitimate president of Belarus and is the counterpart of President Putin in interstate relations,” Peskov emphasized. Tikhanovskaya, speaking from self-imposed exile in Lithuania, said she believed it was Lukashenko and not the state that should eventually pay back

The United States and the European Union stated that they do not recognize the "inauguration" of Alexander Lukashenko and do not consider him the legitimate president of The former president of Belarus is not becoming less the former. Its illegitimacy is a fact with all the ensuing consequences

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya discussed with EU foreign ministers on Monday in Brussels how to bypass state administration to support doctors and hospitals.

"I asked Europe not to support financially the regime. All the money Mr. Lukashenko can get now will not go to support the Belarusian people but will go for those repressions," she told reporters, referring to the pro-democracy crackdown.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Lukashenko takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony in Minsk on Wednesday. © Sergei Sheleg/AP Lukashenko takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony in Minsk on Wednesday.

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