Lukashenko Takes Office As President Of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko has assumed the post of President of Belarus, BelTA reports. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Palace of Independence in Minsk.
According to the Agency, Lukashenka took the oath in the Belarusian language, putting his hand on the country's Constitution. "He signed the act of taking the oath, after which the Chairman of the Central Commission of Belarus for elections and holding Republican referendums Lidia Yermoshina handed Alexander Lukashenko a certificate of the President of the Republic of Belarus," the newspaper writes.
It's worth noting that the ceremony is attended by several hundred people, including senior officials: deputies of the house of representatives, members of the Council of the Republic, heads of state agencies and organizations, media representatives, cultural figures, and others.
Lukashenko has been President of Belarus since 1994. Following the results of the elections held in the Republic on August 9, his term of office was extended for another five years. The previous term was supposed to end on November 5 this year. According to official CEC statistics, 80.08% of Belarusian citizens who came to the polls voted for Lukashenko. More of 10.09% supported the opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski. The latter claims that the election results were rigged. The countries of the European Union (EU), which refused to recognize Lukashenka as a legitimate President, agreed with it.