Emmanuel Macron calls for Belarus president Lukashenko to resign

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko must step down, after the EU refused to recognise him as the legitimate president of the ex-Soviet country.

“It’s clear he has to go,” Macron said, ahead of a trip to EU states Lithuania and Latvia, which border Belarus.

“It is a crisis of power, an authoritarian power that cannot accept the logic of democracy and which is hanging on by force. It is clear that Lukashenko has to go.”

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Belarus since 9th August elections which opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya says she won, despite Lukashenko’s insistence he took a landslide victory.

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