Amid growing nationwide protests and the main opposition leader’s declaration that she was ready to lead the Eastern European country, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko who achieved a so-called distributed victory in the recent August 9 elections has shown a willingness to share powers.
Although the president made it clear that he could share powers, he set a limit to only doing so on his own terms.
But the pressure continues to increase. On Monday, demonstrators took to the streets in Belarusian cities for the ninth consecutive day.
In addition, some state employees went on strike, and the worst scenario was when the president was booed by state factory workers when he visited them on the same Monday.
In Minsk, capital workers have so far asked him to resign. This put more pressure on him, even though he tried to answer a question from the group who sang “Step down”.
It was reported that around 5,000 workers from the Minsk Tractor Plant, boycotted since Monday morning, were walking through the streets urging President Lukashenko to resign and leave the post to the leading opposition candidate, Ms. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Mr Sergei Dylevsk, who led the protest at the Minsk Tractor plant, said Mr Lukashenko was a former president and he had to go. He added that Ms. Tikhanovskaya is a legitimately elected president.
The main opposition leader, Ms. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has also asked the security forces to change sides.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who remains defiant despite mounting pressure from within and internationally, said work on drafting the constitution on the reallocation of powers was already underway.
When the embattled president reaffirmed his willingness to redistribute power while addressing workers at the Minsk tractor plant, he also stated that he would not allow the elections to be repeated. He said the election had already been held and even if he was killed there would be no new election.
Even if he is willing to share powers, experts are considering the equally long process, which will take some time as constitutional changes are required. It could be a strategy for the president to buy time.
Nevertheless, the RIA news agency reported that there would be new elections even if the constitution was changed again
According to the official results, Mr. Lukashenko received 80.1% of the vote and his main adversary leader received only 10.2% of the vote, which, according to the opposition, were manipulated results.
Ms. Tikhanovskaya, a 37-year-old former English teacher, decided to run for the presidential election after her husband, who was supposed to fight for the position, was detained in Belarus. The move seemed successful as it gained national support and thousands participated in his campaigns.
Although the official results give its main opponent the now controversial victory, MS. Tikhanovskaya himself claimed that if they had counted correctly, he could have won in the range of 60% to 70% of the total votes.
International bodies and countries are closely monitoring the situation in Belarus.
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