Nauseda nominated Tsikhanouskaya to show his support for the Belarusian democratic movement and its demand for free elections, said one of the sources.
Nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize are due to close on January 31 and the winner is scheduled to be announced in November. Thousands of people can make nominations for the award, including members of national parliaments, former laureates and leading academics. Last year’s winner was the United Nations World Food Programme.
Months of mass protests erupted in Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory over Tsikhanouskaya in the poll. Thousands of protesters were rounded up and nearly all opposition political figures were driven into exile or jailed.
A former teacher, Tsikhanouskaya ran for president after her husband, an opposition blogger with political ambitions, was detained ahead of the election. From her Vilnius office she has demanded Lukashenko stands down, frees jailed protesters and holds free elections.
As we reported earlier, the Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize for the way its call for systemic change has spread around the world.
In his nomination papers, the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the US to grapple with racism within their own societies.