Protests continue in Belarus. On August 15, peaceful rallies were held at the site of the death of one of the protesters on August 10 and at the TV center in Minsk
Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
The main thing by 13:00 on August 16
- The CEC announced the final results of the elections, declaring Alexander Lukashenko the winner (80.1% of the votes).
- To strikes and rallies have joined more than ten enterprises.
- EU Foreign Ministers agreed on the imposition of sanctions against officials responsible for violence during the protests.
- A rally in support of Alexander Lukashenko is being held on Independence Square in Minsk.
- CEC of Belarus announced the final results of the elections. The incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko – 80.1%, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – 10.1%. Against all – 4.59%.
- Formerly the headquarters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya did not recognize the preliminary results announced by the CEC (then similar final data were announced). They said data from polling stations across the country showed an opposition candidate’s victory. Headquarters demanded peaceful transfer of power. Tihanovskaya filed a complaint to the CEC. Commission declined all complaints filed by alternative candidates.
- On August 11 it became known that Tikhanovskaya had left Belarus and left for Lithuania.
- Results of other candidates: Anna Kanopatskaya – 1.67%, Sergei Cherechen – 1.14%, Andrey Dmitriev – 1.2%.
- The voting was attended by 5.79 million people, or 84.23% of voters. This is the lowest result in the last ten years: in 2015 the turnout was 87.2%, in 2010 – 90.65%.
On August 9, after the closing of polling stations, protesters began to take to the streets of Belarusian cities. The rallies continued in the following days. August 12, the authorities of Minsk appreciated damage from riots: it amounted to 500 thousand Belarusian rubles (14.8 million Russian rubles).