Lukashenko claims he rigged the last presidential elections in favour of the opposition
The Belarusian President says that he did this so that the elections would be recognized in the West.
“We rigged the last elections, I have already told the West about this. 93.5% voted for President Lukashenko. They say that thats not a European showing. We made it 86% … And if we now undertake a recount of the ballot papers, I dont know what to do with them at all. Before the elections they told us that if there are approximately European figures at the elections, well recognize your elections. We planning to produce European figures. However that, you see, didnt work out”, Oleksandr Lukashenko stated on 23 November at a press conference in Minsk for Ukrainian journalists. According to him, the West had promised that if the elections were European, “everything will be fine”. “We make them European – and not so”, he stressed.