(PARIS) — France is stepping up the stress on Belarus’ longtime chief Alexander Lukashenko, with President Emmanuel Macron telling a outstanding 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 gained. Opposition members and a few ballot staff 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 simply 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’ overseas minister warned Western nations towards 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 large rallies because the 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.