In Belarus, which is expected to hold the presidential election on August 9, several cities continued to collect signatures for potential presidential candidates who could oppose the current head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. The official is going for sixth consecutive term, as Radio Liberty reports.
At some point, about 1,350 people stood in lines at the same time in Minsk, on the square near the Komarovsky market, where signatures were collected, according to the calculations of the Vesna human rights center.
The participants also protested against the previous days' detention of a number of activists.
On the same day in Minsk, police detained several members of initiative groups of a number of candidates who collect signatures for their candidacy.
On the eve of the elections in Belarus, 15 initiative groups of candidates for the presidential post were registered, including with a group in support of the current president, 65-year-old Alexander Lukashenko. At one time, at his insistence, restrictions on the number of presidential terms were removed from the Constitution, which, given the weak opposition due to constant persecution, gives him the opportunity to be re-elected unlimitedly. In order for an applicant to be registered as a candidate, at least 100 thousand signatures must be collected for him or her.
Apart from the 1994 presidential election, when Lukashenko was elected for the first time, no subsequent presidential election in Belarus was recognized by the international community as free and fair.
The current election is scheduled for August 9, and Lukashenko says he sees no reason to postpone it, despite the epidemic of coronavirus.
As we reported, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has decided to resign the current government.