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15 March 2024, 16:45

Lukashenko emphasizes strong grip on power in Belarus

MINSK, 15 March (BelTA) – The government in Belarus is strong and nobody holds on to this power with a loose grip. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during a meeting timed to the 30th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, BelTA has learned.

“You can rest assured that nobody holds on to power with a loose grip. Nobody in the world. I’ve already talked about it openly ahead of the Belarusian People’s Congress,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

He mentioned the United States of America and the fact that the country positions itself as a paragon of democracy. “What kind of democracy… The latest election demonstrated what kind. He took out a pistol and shot without looking,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “The girl, who was protecting American interests, was simply shot and that’s it [the former U.S. army servicewoman Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot during an attack on the Capitol on 6 January 2021]. And there are plenty of people like her. That’s just what we saw on live television.”

“This is why I’ve said it straight. I want Westerners and others to understand that the government in Belarus is strong. We often talk about it. But nobody holds on to power with a loose grip,” the Belarusian head of state underlined.

Continuing the line of thought, he mentioned recent elections of members of various councils of deputies and some complaints from the opposition. “Some say that some things were wrong at some polling station. That Lukashenko’s ardent supporters were elected as a result. What did you want then? You taught us how to do it. You forced us to act harshly, build a power vertical and place strong people around it. What else did you want? You forced ‘democracy’ upon us but failed to follow down this path. Today we are already convinced of it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko told the opposition.

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