The resistance leader in Belarus, who’s now in exile in Lithuania, has advised Euronews that she won’t run in fresh elections if they’re held.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has been made to flee Belarus after the contested re-election of Alexander Lukashenko. Her husband, a former presidential candidate, had formerly been barred from running and subsequently convicted.
“I am not likely to run into new elections, I am exactly like a transition president,” she informed Euronews. “I along with my staff will organize fair and transparent elections at which I’m not likely to participate.”
There were daily protests from the nation because of the re-election of Lukashenko on August 9, in an election that’s been disregarded by many as rigged.
Protesters and the resistance want fair and free elections to be held, also for Lukashenko to stand down after 26 years since the nation’s president.
In a second meeting with Euronews earlier this week, Tsikhanouskaya explained: “Who is the president of Belarus? I guess I’m,” before immediately clarifying her function is to facilitate fair and free elections.
Asked what message she’d love to send into Lukashenko, Tsikhanouskaya explained: “I’d ask him to listen to his people, to hear the will of his people, and also to know that we aren’t prepared to live together with him, simply step away and allow the nation exist without him, it’s possible and it ought to be achieved for the interest of everyone in Belarus.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared earlier this week he’d send forces to assist Lukashenko if protests turned violent.
The EU has called on him to refrain from intervening, together with foreign affairs leader Josep Borrell telling him to”honor the democratic decisions” of the Belarusian men and women.
Tsikhanouskaya insists that there will be no demand for any Russian forces to go into the country.
“He did not offer to send law enforcement, he stated that his book of police folks are prepared to assist if our so-called president will want it,” she explained.
“But I do not think that it’s a danger for us since our protests are completely calm, therefore this Russian agency will have no motive to assist Mr. Lukashenko like that “
They had been met with brute force from the government, with tens of thousands arrested and”mounting evidence” of torture occurring, according to Amnesty International.
The Belarusian government has shifted tack since then, though protests continue to be dispensed with using force, and a few demonstrators have been taken into custody.
The people of Belarus won’t”forget and forgive” what’s occurred, ” said Tsikhanouskaya.
“We’re certain that we won’t quit until the government will step away since our society is not prepared to comply with the dictator anymore.
“Our society won’t have the ability to forget and forgive all of the crimes they’ve committed, and we’ll endure until we win”