Opposition candidate Svetlana Tichanowskaja fled to Lithuania - Page 1
Opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya has left her country amid the protests in Belarus and is currently in Lithuania. This was tweeted by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius. "She is safe," he wrote.
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Tichanovskaya had said at a press conference the day before that she would stay in the country and continue fighting. But she also felt threatened by the security forces around incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko. The 65-year-old has threatened the use of the army to defend his power for a sixth term even after 26 years.
Many citizens protested against the election result, according to which Lukashenko is said to have received more than 80 percent of the vote. Tichanovskaya, who had a large number of visitors to their rallies in the run-up to the election, is said to have come in at just under ten percent. The 37-year-old declared herself the election winner on Monday and called on Lukashenko to withdraw.
Children safe too
On Monday, her whereabouts were initially unclear. After several hours of unsuccessful attempts to contact them, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister expressed concerns about their safety.
Tichanovskaya had previously had her children taken out of the country. Her husband Sergej Tichanowski, a blogger critical of the government, is in custody. Tichanovskaya took his place in the election and was the only opposition member to receive admission as a candidate.