OSCE disappointed with presidential elections in Belarus

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is deeply disappointed with the way the counting of votes was held in the presidential election that took place in Belarus on December 19. It became known from the statement of the Head of the Election Observation Mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Geert Ahrens, who spoke at a press conference in Minsk.

"A positive talk about these elections is not possible", said Ahrens.

The Head of Mission of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Tony Lloyd also stated that the organization will assess the presidential elections in the light of the opposition rallies being dispersed.

"The arrests and dispersals of demonstrations will be the background, against which we will make assessment of the elections", he said.

Tony Lloyd emphasized that in Belarus there are no conditions for an effective complaint. According to him, the elections failed to give Belarus the future it deserves.

It is worth noting that the concern about the current situation in Belarus after Alexander Lukashenko's landslide victory and inevitable reelection was expressed not only by OSCE observers, but also the representatives of the United States and Lithuania.

Meanwhile, on the eve of the election, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that elections in Belarus are an internal affair of that country, but "for Russia it is important that they reflect the sovereign will of the people of the republic".

"I hope that, as a result of these elections, Belarus will continue to develop along the path of building a modern state based on democracy and friendship with its neighbors", said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.


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