The U.S. And Canada Comment On Alexander Lukashenko’s Inauguration

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations reacted to the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko, which took place at the Palace of Independence in Minsk on 23 September.

The fact that Lukashenka’s ‘inauguration’ had to be held in secret only further proves he has lost all legitimacy as a leader. He is not the president of Belarus and he must step down, the committee said in a statement on Twitter.

The United States cannot consider Alexander Lukashenko the legitimately elected leader of Belarus, a representative of the United States Department of State told TASS.

“The elections on 9 August were neither free nor fair. The announced results were falsified and did not reflect legitimacy. The United States cannot consider Alexander Lukashenko the the legitimately elected leader of Belarus.

The path forward is a national dialogue so that Belarusian people could use their right to choose their leaders in free and fair elections [held] under independent supervision,” the State Department said.

Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne also wrote on social media: “Canada deplores Lukashenko’s unannounced inauguration following a fraudulent election. He lacks the legitimacy as a democratically elected leader.”

Canada calls for a free and fair election for Belarusians. The minister said that the country is coordinating with the international partners for an appropriate response.

The representatives of Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia have already reacted to the inauguration. Recall that on 23 September, Alexander Lukashenko took office. The date and time of the inauguration were kept secret until the last moment.