The Belarusian opposition has insisted that it does not recognize a new government led by the current President Alexander Lukashenko and has slipped under the short-term options of opening a “Venezuelan path” with a “duality of power” in which they coexist two administrations with different international recognition.
The opposition has tried to create a common front against Lukashenko, with a coordinating council in the crosshairs of the Belarusian prosecutor’s office. They are demanding that the exile Svetlana Tijanovskaya, who according to official figures only received 9.9 percent of the vote, be recognized as the winner of these elections.
After days of increasing international pressure on Minsk, particularly from the European front, another participant in the last election, Valeri Tsepkalo, stated that the opposition was working to “convince” the international community that who should be recognized as president from Belarus is Tijanovskaya and not Lukashenko.
“The situation in Venezuela, when the duality of power was created, may have developed in a different scenario in Belarus,” Tsepkalo said at a press conference, playing on the pulse between Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó in the case of the South American country to the Russian Sputnik news agency.