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Aug 12, 2020
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CEC of Belarus registers Tikhanovskaya’s complaint about the election results

The Belarusian Central Election Commission has registered the complaint of the presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on the election results, writes TASS with reference to the representative of the commission.

Tikhanovskaya, who came second in the voting with 10.09% of the vote, filed a formal complaint with the CEC of Belarus on August 10. She stated that she does not recognize the results of the vote, since she believes that violations were committed during the counting of votes.

Elections in Belarus were held on August 9. According to the country's Central Election Commission, the current head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, became the winner, who, according to preliminary data, gained 80.08%.

After the closure of polling stations in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, protests began against the voting results. They escalated into clashes between protesters and security officials, in which dozens of people were injured and about three thousand were detained.

Tikhanovskaya's headquarters suggested that the authorities hold negotiations "in order to prevent any kind of violence in the Belarusian society." Tikhanovskaya herself asked her supporters to show prudence and abide by the laws.

On August 11, Tikhanovskaya left Belarus for Lithuania. She explained that she made this decision on her own, without any pressure. At the same time, her confidant Olga Kovalkova stated that the politician had no other choice, and that her departure to Lithuania was “organized” by the Belarusian authorities.

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