Protests in Belarus are under way / REUTERS

The document proposes the adoption of a statement by the Verkhovna Rada on non-recognition of the legitimacy of the presidential elections in Belarus and the inadmissibility of violence against peaceful protesters, MP Oleksiy Honcharenko said on Telegram on August 11.

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Election-related developments in Belarus

  • On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus.
  • That country's Central Election Commission announced preliminary election results. In particular, 80.23% of voters supported incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, 9.9% voted for Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 1.68% for Anna Kanopatskaya, 1.13% for Sergei Cherechnya, and 1.04% for Andrey Dmitriev. Some 6.02% voted against all candidates.
  • On the evening of August 9, thousands of Belarusians took to the streets to take part in spontaneous rallies, which followed by clashes with law enforcement agencies. The police in Minsk fired water cannons, tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets in a crackdown on protests.
  • Protests resumed late on August 10. Riot police in Minsk opened fire on protesters.
  • On the morning of August 11, Presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the runner-up in the presidential elections in Belarus, fled the country. She is in Lithuania now.