“President Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate president of Belarus, the European Union said on Thursday, saying his abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.
“The ceremony accelerated EU plans to boycott Lukashenko following the disputed August 9 election, as the European Parliament had earlier decided not to recognize the veteran leader from November, when his term as president was due to end.
“”The so-called ‘inauguration’ … and the new mandate claimed by Alexander Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy,” the EU’s 27 states said in a statement.
“”This ‘inauguration’ directly contradicts the will of large parts of the Belarusian population, as expressed in numerous, unprecedented and peaceful protests since the elections, and serves to only further deepen the political crisis in Belarus.””
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