The governments of several European countries have warned that they are not recognizing the legitimacy of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to remain in power a few hours after an unexpected inauguration after more than a month of protests on the streets of the former Soviet republic.
The spokesman for the federal government, Steffen Seibert, has stated that the elections on August 9th were not held fairly or freely and therefore “in no way meet the minimum requirements for democratic elections,” according to the news agency. DPA.
Since Lukashenko could not assert democratic legitimacy under these circumstances, he could not be recognized as the legitimate president of Belarus, said Angela Merkel’s executive spokeswoman.
The Baltic countries, which led the criticism of the Belarusian authorities within the EU, also questioned the “farce” of this Wednesday, as the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius described at the inauguration.