Federal President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen won’t congratulate Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko on his victory in the presidential elections, the President’s spokesperson told RIA Novosti Tuesday, yet fell short of stating the reason.
Earlier, several foreign leaders, including the Presidents of Russia and China had congratulated Lukashenko on his victory.
Belarus held presidential elections on Sunday. According to the Central Electoral Commission, Lukashenko garnered 80.08% of the votes, followed by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya with 10.09%. Tikhanovskaya’s campaign headquarters announced that it doesn’t acknowledge the results of the Central Electoral Commission and stated that the data received from the polling stations of all regions of Belarus showed that Tikhanovskaya had won with 70-80% of the votes.
On Sunday evening, massive protests took place in several cities across Belarus and continued on Monday evening. Protesters placed barricades with trashcans in central Minsk. The police used tear gas, water cannons and flash and sound grenades and dispersed the crowd.