European Union Rejects Belarus Election Result, Warns Of New Sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for national dialogue in Belarus.

Sohil Nikam

August 20, 2020

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After an emergency video summit on Wednesday, the European Union (EU) has rejected the controversial Belarus election result that had led to large-scale protests in the country. Moreover, the bloc has also warned of fresh sanctions against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko, who’s also referred to as Europe’s last dictator. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, also called the de facto leader of the EU, has called for a national dialogue between the people of Belarus and Lukashenko, who has gone on to rule the country for 26 years straight.

Following the summit on Wednesday, EU Council President, Charles Michel assured the people of Belarus that the union is “by your side.” Unprecedented protests against the government have now entered their 12th day. “These elections were neither free nor fair and did not meet international standards. We don’t recognise the results presented by the Belarus authorities,” Michel told reporters. He also added, “The people of Belarus deserve better. They deserve the democratic right to choose their leaders and shape the future.”

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