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Baltic PMs urge Belarus to hold 'free and fair' elections

Baltic PMs urge Belarus to hold 'free and fair' elections

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 14:54 GMT+7
Baltic PMs urge Belarus to hold 'free and fair' elections
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko chairs a meeting on construction industry in Minsk, Belarus August 14, 2020. Photo: Reuters

VILNIUS — The prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Saturday called on Belarus to conduct new “free and fair” elections as protests swelled against President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed poll victory.

A new vote should be held “in a transparent way with the participation of international observers”, the leaders said in a joint statement after meeting in Estonia.

They urged Belarus to refrain from violence and release political prisoners and detained protesters. They also called for European Union sanctions on those responsible for violence.

Reuters

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