Belarusian opposition expects Ukraine to recognize Tsikhanouskaya as president

Valery Tsepkalo, BelarusOpen source

The Belarusian opposition expects that official Kyiv will recognize the opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as the president of Belarus. This was stated by the oppositionist, ex-presidential candidate Valery Tsepkalo in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

“We expect Lukashenko’s non-recognition and Tsikhanouskaya’s recognition – we expect the same from all countries, especially since Ukraine itself went through this …” Tsepkalo answered a question about the expectations of the Belarusian opposition in relation to Ukraine.

However, he believes that the situation in Ukraine during the Euromaidan in 2013-14. was somewhat different: the indignation of the people broke out outside the electoral cycle. The Belarusians are simply asking to count the votes. But if we draw a parallel with the elections in Ukraine in 2004, when the third round was announced, according to Tsepkalo, then there were no such large-scale falsifications as during the recent voting in Belarus.

“I think that there were no such monstrous falsifications anyway, when I got 10% and wrote 80%. Nobody considered anything at all, and the observers were not allowed in: neither Belarusian, nor Russian, nor foreign. And journalists are beaten,” noted the politician.

As you know, protests in the Republic of Belarus began on the evening of August 9, after voting in the presidential elections in the country. According to the final data of the CEC, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1% of the vote, his main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya – 10.1%.

In turn, the candidate for the presidency of Belarus Tsikhanouskaya on August 10 did not recognize the preliminary results of the voting, announced by the Central Election Commission. She declared that she considers herself the winner in the elections and demanded to re-count the votes.

After the announcement of the preliminary election results, protests began in several cities of Belarus, the most massive in Minsk. They continue to this day. More than 6 700 people were detained during the protests.

(C)112UA 2020

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