"I did not want to be a politician, but fate decreed that I found myself on the very front line of the confrontation with arbitrariness and injustice - fate and you, who believed in me, who gave me strength... I am ready to take responsibility and act in this period as a national leader so that the country calms down, enters a normal rhythm, so that we release all political prisoners and as soon as possible prepare the legislative framework and conditions for organizing new presidential elections - real, fair and transparent", - she said Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus. The CEC announced that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won them with a score of 80.08%, and his main rival from the opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya - 10.09%. The public did not recognize these results. Tihanovskaya was forced to leave for Lithuania, but did not stop participating in the political life of the republic.
Large-scale protests do not stop in Belarus, more than 7 thousand people were detained. One person was killed. Hundreds of photo and video evidence of detainees being abused have been published. The UN and the European Union demanded a thorough investigation of the torture of citizens.
On the eve, Lukashenko said that Belarus "will perish as a state" in the event of new elections. At a rally in support of him, 30 thousand people gathered, at a rally of his opponents, according to various estimates, from 250 to 500 thousand citizens.
The headquarters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on August 15 announced the beginning of the formation of a coordinating council for the transfer of presidential power. The council will be an extended working group of the "most respected members of society". The council will develop "safe and stable mechanisms" for the transfer of power.