The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the so-called inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus:
“Since the fraudulent presidential elections of August 2020, Alexander Lukashenko continues to display disdain for the people of Belarus by holding a so-called inauguration ceremony behind closed doors today. The inauguration is as illegitimate as the elections it follows. Canada considers that Alexander Lukashenko lacks the legitimacy to be the leader of Belarus.
“Such gestures only show Lukashenko’s disregard for basic democratic principles and the fundamental human rights of the people of Belarus.
“We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that the voices of people in Belarus are heard and that those responsible for undermining democracy and for violence in that country are held accountable.”