OREANDA-NEWS. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a leading opposition candidate in the presidential election in Belarus, recorded a video message in which she called on the authorities of the European Union not to recognize the result of elections held in the republic.

“Honourable leaders of Europe! For the second week in a row, my nation is fighting peacefully for its constitutional right to elect its leaders. The August 9th elections were neither fair, nor transparent. The results were falsified,” the politician said. According to her, people who took to the streets of Belarusian cities to defend their votes were “brutally beaten, imprisoned and tortured by the regime desperately clinging onto power.” “I call on you not to recognize these fraudulent elections,” Tsikhanouskaya resumed.

She added that the incumbent President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has lost “all legitimacy in the eyes of our nation and the world.” The oppositionist recalled the establishment of the Coordination Council to facilitate the peaceful transfer of power in Belarus. “It will immediately call for a new fair and democratic presidential elections with international supervision.” “I call on you to support the awakening of Belarus,” Tsikhanouskaya concluded.