Zelensky advises Lukashenko to hold repeat president's elections

Source : 112 Ukraine

President of Ukraine is convinced that new elections would help to avoid violence in the country
18:43, 23 August 2020

Volodymyr Zelensky
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that if he were President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, he would hold new elections in the country. Zelensky expressed this opinion on ways to resolve the Belarusian political crisis in an interview with Euronews.

"Let's pretend that I am confident in myself, I am confident in the choice of the people. I am a confident person. How can you calm everyone down? I would definitely say: in a month there will be new elections. I am running for president. Run, whoever wants to. International observers - I would invite everyone. And I would tell the people of Belarus: please choose. And after such a result, no one would have any questions," Zelensky said.

In his opinion, then it would be clear whether Lukashenko or someone else won. Zelensky is convinced that the new elections would avoid violence in the country.

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Earlier Alexander Lukashenko at a pro-government rally in Grodno ordered the closure of enterprises participating in the strike from August 24. The rally was broadcasted by Ruptly TV channel.

"I ask the governors, the chairmen of the executive committees, - if someone does not want to work, do not force him. If the enterprise does not work, from Monday - put a lock on the gate. We will stop them, people will cool down. We will figure out who to invite to this enterprise," Lukashenko said.

It should be reminded that after the presidential elections, thousands of rallies have been held throughout the country for the second week. The authorities made an attempt to harshly suppress the protests, which only intensified the wave. All over the country, the largest enterprises are on strike, the inhabitants of cities are united in living chains in protest.

As you know, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1% of the votes in the presidential elections, his main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya - 10.1%.

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