Ignoring calls for an end to his 26-year grip on power, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in for a sixth term on Wednesday after an election that the opposition and several foreign governments say was rigged.
“I cannot, I have no right to abandon the Belarusians,” Lukashenko said.
Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term as president of Belarus. The ceremony would normally have been publicized as a major state occasion but was instead held without warning https://t.co/NhHXA5cLHO pic.twitter.com/eTGr2wWnDg— Reuters (@Reuters) September 23, 2020
"I Was a Stay-at-Home Mom. Now I’m Leading a Revolution." Svetlana Tikhanovskaya— Wendy Siegelman (@WendySiegelman) September 23, 2020
Her husband was jailed for running for president, so she ran instead. Belarus dictator Lukashenko said "Our constitution is not meant for a female leader"
Great 11 min videohttps://t.co/L6S66m2GLX
Belarus' authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in as president in a surprise, secretive ceremony held Wednesday amid tight security and with no announcement beforehand. https://t.co/o2Rdh9MHIo— ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2020
#Belarus Happening right now in #Minsk. Students have gathered outside yet another university in the capital. They are chanting, "Leave! Leave!" There are reports about spontaneous rallies in various Minsk districts (Sorry about the previous tweet, my mistake) pic.twitter.com/LBoJfw0qLY— Hanna Liubakova (@HannaLiubakova) September 23, 2020
In his “secret” inauguration in front of military forces, Lukashenko thanked them for “saving and protecting peace on this chunk of the land”. He further went on to blame some of the Belarusians for trying to divide the country, but noted that he will not succumb. #Belarus pic.twitter.com/sD1NogYafU— Belarus Free Theatre (@BFreeTheatre) September 23, 2020
Lukashenko transfers his son to Moscow for boarding school. There could be no better sign of which way the wind is blowing in Belarus. https://t.co/TpZbmEsxLg— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) September 22, 2020
Huge turnout for a pro-Lukashenko rally in Belarus. You can see how he won 80% of the vote. https://t.co/TQVw2LoksS— Khodorkovsky Center (@mbk_center) September 22, 2020