Lukashenko recalls Belarusian ambassador to Latvia

Belarus Long-term President Alexander Lukashenko has removed Ambassador to Latvia Vasily Markovich from office, the news portal reports.

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Markovich has been the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Latvia since October 2018.

The ambassador was recalled for “unsatisfactory performance”.

According to the portal, the diplomatic passport was also revoked by Pavel Latuško, a member of the Board of the Coordinating Council, and Igor Lešcen, a former Belarusian ambassador to Slovakia, who expressed support for the protesters and criticized documented cases of torture after the presidential election. He resigned himself at the end of August.

In turn, the presidium of the Coordinating Council established by the opposition includes writer Svetlana Aleksijeviča, diplomat Pāvels Latuško, lawyers Lilija Vlasova and Maksims Znaks, as well as Olga Kovaļkova, Sergejs Diļevskis, Marija Koļesņikova. All members of the Presidium, with the exception of Alexeievich, have been arrested or are outside Belarus. The former was also forced to go to Lithuania Presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovska.

Marija Kolesnikova, one of the most active leaders of the opposition, a member of the Presidium of the Coordinating Council, after the security authorities unsuccessful attempt to remove him from the country, is in custody, she was on Wednesday the charge is also filed.

Pavel Latuško left for Poland on September 2 after the authorities threatened a criminal case.

It has already been reported that earlier, on August 17, in response to what Lukashenko said that the Baltic states were also involved in leading the protests, Markovich was summoned to the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide explanations.

At the end of August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (JV) decided to include 30 Belarusian citizens in the list of undesirable persons for Latvia, including the current President of Belarus.

Mass protests against the falsification of the results of the August 9 presidential election have been going on in Belarus for a month.

According to official results, the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko won 80.1% of the vote, while the opposition candidate Svetlana Tihanovska only 10.1%. However, the opposition, based on evidence of unprecedented violations, claims that these results are falsified.

The election results also refused to be recognized The European Union (ES) and other western countries.

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