Members of the European Parliament do not recognize the results of presidential election in Belarus. They released a joint statement, according to which, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is considered persona non grata in the EU.
According to the statement quoted by TASS, presidential elections on August 9 were neither free nor fair, and reliable information proves that Lukashenko's rival Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya actually won the election. "We join the Belarusian people in its demands of new and free elections under surveillance of independent supervisors", the statement says.
Earlier, we reported that the Belarusian government resigned "to the newly elected President", in accordance with the legal procedure that takes place after presidential election in Belarus.
As is known, the EU reacted to large-scale protests in Belarus on Sunday, showing its support for the Belarusian people. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy posted this on Twitter.
"Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians were out today demonstrating peacefully, demanding release of political prisoners, prosecution of those responsible for police brutality, and real elections. The EU stands by the Belarusian people", reads the post.
The protests in Belarus have been going on for a week now. The government attempted to disperse the activists, resorting to brute force, which only increased protest mood of common citizens. Large enterprises and residents of cities unite, gather in live chains to show their disapproval and refusal to recognize the results of recent presidential election in Belarus.