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Supreme Court of Belarus rejects Tikhanovskaya’s complaint against Electoral Commission

The decision is not subject to appeal or protest

MINSK, August 25. /TAS/. The Supreme Court of Belarus denied to initiate criminal proceedings over former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s complaint against the Central Electoral Commission’s decision to approve the election outcome. The court’s ruling was published Tuesday on its website.

"Deny initiating criminal proceedings over Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s complaint against the decision of the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Belarus from August 14, 2020. The decision is not subject to appeal or protest," the court underscored.

The Supreme Court also denied similar complaints, filed by ex-candidates Anna Kanopatskaya and Andrey Dmitriyev.

The Belarusian presidential elections took place on August 9. According to the Central Electoral Commission, Alexander Lukashenko won with 80.10% of votes. Tikhanovskaya came second, with 10.12% of votes; she refused to recognize the outcome. Shortly, she left Belarus for Lithuania, where she remains at the moment. Immediately after the results were published, mass protests engulfed Belarus, initially resulting in clashes with the law enforcement.

The Coordination council of the opposition, established on Tikhanovskaya’s initiative, urges to continue protesting. The authorities demand to cease unauthorized rallies.