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Lukashenko: True opposition would struggle to the end, not boycott the elections

MINSK, 3 September (BelTA) – True opposition would struggle to the end and would not boycott the elections, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko told reporters on 1 September, BelTA has learnt.

“Publicity moves of opposition are a normal thing in politics. But if you put yourself forward, suggest voting for yourself, show yourself to people, then you should go all the way. If it were true opposition, it would struggle to the end,” the head of state said commenting on the ongoing election campaign. “If you just wag your tongue, it means you are executing somebody’s order or want to show off for a while,” the President added.

“Therefore I often say: it is not opposition. Opposition would fight, fight for power, for the interests of people or something else. It is the fifth column, they are acting in the interests of some forces that are sometimes located outside our country,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “Opposition would fight, the fifth column would destabilize the situation, including with the help of such means,” the President said referring to the calls of some parliamentary candidates to boycott the elections. The President believes that if a person does not believe in his victory from the very beginning, he should not be nominated in the first place. “We do not force anyone to do that,” the head of state said.

“There is no opposition here. There are attempts, absurd attempts, to frustrate the process and even the country if they are lucky enough. But I keep saying it: it will never happen. No way,” the President said.

At the same time Alexander Lukashenko noted that at present he is very far from the election campaign. “I have no time for the so-called opposition and the election campaign. There are people who are doing it pretty well. I have more important issues to deal with today. If they are resolved, our opposition will be the way it is,” the President said.