The United States, seven EU countries, Great Britain and Ukraine refused to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the legally elected leader of Belarus. A secret ceremony of the inauguration of the president was held in Minsk on Wednesday…
The United States announced on Wednesday, September 23, that it does not consider Alexander Lukashenko the legitimate President of Belarus after his inauguration. “The August 9 elections were neither free nor fair. The announced results were falsified and illegitimate. The United States cannot consider Alexander Lukashenko the legally elected leader of Belarus,” the US State Department said in a statement.
A number of European countries adhere to a similar position. The very fact that the inauguration ceremony of Alexander Lukashenko was prepared in an atmosphere of secrecy and took place without public participation, the official representative of the FRG government Steffen Seibert called “very indicative.” Answering DW’s question, Seibert recalled that immediately after the presidential elections in Belarus, the German government stated that, from his point of view, “they did not meet even the minimum requirements for democratic elections, they were neither fair nor free” … Therefore, official Berlin did not recognize the results of these elections. According to Seibert, Alexander Lukashenko “even after today’s ceremony cannot refer to democratic legitimation, which would be a condition for being recognized as the legitimate president of Belarus.”
“The secret inauguration of Lukashenka, which took place today in Minsk, further undermines his reputation. His rigged elections were a deception of the Belarusian people,” British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab wrote on Twitter.
Seven EU countries announced non-recognition of Lukashenko as president
The Polish Foreign Ministry said that “a president elected in non-democratic elections cannot be legal, regardless of whether the swearing-in is secret or official.”
“The presidential elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair. The election result is illegal. No ceremony – pompous or secret – will change this indisputable fact and will not create the illusion of legality. I call for organizing new elections based on dialogue with civil society and OSCE observers.” , – said the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich expressed regret that the votes of the Belarusian people and the international community do not matter for Minsk. “Only a genuine political process can put an end to the political crisis in Belarus,” he said.
The Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic – Tomas Petřicek, Slovakia – Ivan Korchok, Denmark – Jeppe Kofod also announced that their countries did not recognize the legality of Lukashenka’s accession to the presidency.
Kiev: Lukashenka’s “inauguration” does not mean his recognition as the legitimate head of Belarus
“Ukraine has never in any way interfered in the internal affairs of Belarus and will always support the Belarusian people. Considering the course of the election campaign in Belarus and subsequent events, today’s“ inauguration ”of A. Lukashenko does not mean his recognition as the legitimate head of the Belarusian state,” the minister wrote on Twitter Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba.
On September 23, Lukashenko secretly took office as President of Belarus. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Palace of Independence in Minsk. In the evening, thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city. The security forces used batons, water cannons and tear gas against the protesters. More than 150 people were detained.