Former Lukashenka’s rival in the elections asks world leaders for help

The Belarusian people need the help of the international community to hold fair presidential elections in the country. This is stated in the published letter of the ex-candidate for the post of President of Belarus Valery Tsepkalo, addressed to the leaders of 32 states.

“On behalf of the entire Belarusian people, I ask for your support in organizing international observation of elections and counting of votes, as well as ensuring transparency of this process for the citizens of Belarus living in your countries,” he said.

In his address, Tsepkalo draws attention to the fact that Belarus has been ruled by one person for 26 years, who created an authoritarian regime in the country. According to him, the authorities of the republic are actively hindering the conduct of fair and free presidential elections, including by using forceful pressure “on everyone who wants fairness and transparency of the electoral process.”

In this regard, the Belarusian politician asks the leaders of the countries “to support the holding of free and fair presidential elections in Belarus and to draw public attention to the anti-popular policy pursued by the Belarusian regime.”

“Our peoples are united in places by cultural and historical heritage and close family ties. We equally understand the ideas of democracy and freedom, ”Tsepkalo noted, adding that the main goal of the Belarusian opposition is the victory of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, whom he considers the main rival of Alexander Lukashenko.

According to the politician, if she wins, it is planned to hold new presidential elections within three to six months, to which all candidates, including those currently in prison, will be allowed.

“On behalf of the entire Belarusian people, I ask for your support in organizing international election observation and counting of votes, as well as ensuring transparency of this process for the citizens of Belarus living on the territory of your countries,” he stressed in his letter.
The letter is addressed to US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, as well as the leaders of Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and other countries.

Let us remind you that the next presidential elections in Belarus are to be held on August 9. Earlier, the CEC of Belarus did not register the former presidential aide Valery Tsepkalo as a candidate for the post of head of state, without accepting more than 60 thousand signatures collected in his support. Later, the politician left the country with his children for fear of being detained. First, he went to Moscow, but on August 2 it became known that the politician had moved to Kiev. At the same time, his wife remains in Belarus and helps Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in the election campaign.