Selin ATAY-TDO- The European Union and the United States announced that Lukashenko, who was sworn into office yesterday after the August 9th Presidential election in Belarus, was not a legitimate head of state and did not recognize the outcome of the election.

Speaking on behalf of the European Union, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell stressed that the presidential election in Belarus is "not fair and free".

"There is no democratic legitimacy for Aleksandr Lukashenko to take office on September 23, 2020, and to maintain his authority for another term," Borrell said, noting that the European Union does not recognize the election result.

Recalling the continued anti-government demonstrations in Belarus since the elections, Borrell suggested that Lukashenko's reinstatement would exacerbate the political crisis in the country.

Borrell said that the European Union supports the Belarusian people's demand for "free and fair" elections under the supervision of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

"The United States cannot recognize Aleksandr Lukashenko as the elected legitimate leader of Belarus," US State Spokesman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. “The path before them should be a national dialogue that will allow the Belarusian people to exercise their right to elect their own leaders through free and fair elections held under independent observation," he said.

Claiming that the declared election results were rigged, spokesman Ortagus again expressed that the United States does not believe that the presidential election held in Belarus on August 9 is free and fair.

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