: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Belarus’ leader claims he saved opposition challenger’s life


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian president, whose re-election has triggered two months of protests, maintained Friday that he saved his main opponent’s life by getting her out of the country — a claim rejected by her spokeswoman.

Alexander Lukashenko asserted that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who ran against him in the Aug. 9 election, left of her own free will for Lithuania a day after the vote. Her supporters say Lukashenko’s regime forced Tsikhanouskaya out.

“I gave orders and we drove her to Lithuania, at her request, to join her children there,” Lukashenko said, adding that Belarusian authorities also gave her $15,000 in …read more

Source:: KXAN

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