(PARIS) — France is stepping up the stress on Belarus’ longtime chief Alexander Lukashenko, with President Emmanuel Macron telling a distinguished French weekly that “Lukashenko should go.”
The European Union stated Thursday it doesn’t acknowledge Lukashenko as president of Belarus due to large-scale protests by Belarusians who query the outcomes of final month’s presidential election that Lukashenko claims he overwhelmingly received. Opposition members and a few ballot employees in Belarus say the vote was rigged.
Forward of a visit Monday to Lithuania and Latvia, Macron was quoted in Sunday’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper as saying “it’s clear that Lukashenko should go.”
“What’s taking place in Belarus is a disaster of energy, an authoritarian energy that may’t handle to just accept the logic of democracy and is clinging on by pressure,” the newspaper quotes Macron as saying.
In a speech Saturday to the digital U.N. Normal Meeting, Belarus’ international minister warned Western nations in opposition to interfering or imposing sanctions over the nation’s disputed presidential election and the federal government’s violent crackdown on protesters.
Hundreds of Belarusian residents have taken half in enormous rallies for the reason that Aug. 9 election, which they are saying was rigged in favor of Lukashenko, who has been in energy for 26 years and simply took a secretive oath of workplace for a brand new time period.