EU: Lukashenko ‘not le­git­i­mate pres­i­dent’

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The EU re­fuses to rec­og­nize Alexan­der Lukashenko as Be­larus pres­i­dent af­ter his in­au­gu­ra­tion that lacked “demo­cratic le­git­i­macy” and Brus­sels is re­view­ing its re­la­tions with Minsk, the EU’s diplo­matic chief said. Lukashenko’s se­cret in­au­gu­ra­tion trig­gered fresh con­dem­na­tion in the West and new mass demon­stra­tions in Be­larus that have erupted fre­quently since the dis­puted Au­gust 9 elec­tions.

The elec­tions were nei­ther free nor fair and “the Euro­pean Union does not rec­og­nize their fal­si­fied re­sults,” EU high rep­re­sen­ta­tive Josep Bor­rell said in a state­ment.

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