More than a week after his controversial re-election of Belarus's president Alexander Lukashenko continues to face a wave of protests. Monday, August 17, the candidate of the opposition in the presidential election, Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, said it was ready to lead the country.
"I'm ready to assume my responsibilities and to act as the national leader," said in a video the opponent, was a refugee in Lithuania, recalling that she had not " wanted to become a politician ", but that " fate has decreed that [it] [s]e find[t] in the front line against the arbitrariness and injustice ". "You who have believed in me, who have given me the strength, I admire today, every minute of your courage, your self-organization and how much you are strong and brilliant ", she added, saying wanting to " get out of this endless circle in which [they] so[nt] found 26 years ago ", at the accession to power of Alexander Lukashenko.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa had claimed victory
The opponent is 37-year-old posted this video in the aftermath of one of the largest gatherings of the opposition in the history of Belarus, which has seen tens of thousands of people gather in Minsk to demand the departure of the head of State. Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, who had taken after her husband was imprisoned, denounced massive fraud in the elections of 9 August, after which she officially collected 10% of the votes against 80% for the head of State outgoing.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa had claimed victory in the presidential election on 9 August and called on president Alexander Lukashenko to cede the place, but had not clearly said to be ready to occupy the highest office of State. She took refuge in Lithuania in the beginning of last week, its allies, denouncing the pressures to which it was subjected, and called for peaceful demonstrations throughout the country, which follow one another on a daily basis since the election.