The first meeting of the council's presidium took place on August 19 / REUTERS

The Coordination Council for the Transfer of Power in Belarus has voiced its main requirements.

A resolution issued following the first meeting of the council's presidium was posted on the KYKY Kuluary Telegram channel.

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The Coordination Council says their main goal is "to find ways to overcome the political crisis in Belarus and ensure harmony in society," rather than to change the country's policy or constitutional order.

The Coordinating Council demands:

  • End of violence and political persecution, an investigation into the incident;
  • Release of all political prisoners and payment of compensation to victims;
  • Non-recognition of the presidential elections on August 9 and the announcement of new elections according to international standards with a new composition of all election commissions, including the Central Election Commission.

The members of the presidium called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately begin negotiations with the opposition and warned that until new elections are called, the people of Belarus will continue to exercise their rights to strike, peaceful actions and freedom of expression.

The Coordination Council of the Opposition and Lukashenko

  • On August 14, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced the creation of the Coordination Council. According to her, it will help transfer power in Belarus. More than 30 Belarusians are included in it.
  • Incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko said that he considers the Coordinating Council, which was announced by the Opposition, to be "the seizure of power with all that it implies."
  • On August 19, the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition elected its presidium. It includes: Svetlana Aleksievich, Lilia Vlasova, Sergey Dylevsky, Maxim Znak, Olga Kovalkova, Maria Kolesnikova, Pavel Latushko.