Svetlana Tikhanovskaya began to form the shadow government of Belarus
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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya began to form the shadow government of Belarus

30 September , 16:07In the worldPhoto: AP
The former main opposition candidate in the last presidential elections in Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya (pictured) began to form her shadow cabinet.

It is already known that the well-known lawyer Garry Pogonyailo became the representative for human rights, and the economist Ales Alekhnovich became the representative for economic reforms.

It should be noted that the Rada of the Belarusian People's Republic in exile has been operating abroad for more than a century. This state existed in 1918-1919. As of 2020, it is the oldest active "government in exile" in the world.

In the early 1990s, this government planned to resign to the legally elected government of Belarus, just as the governments in exile of the Baltic countries did. But after the election of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in 1994, who is still heading the country, they decided to postpone this. Now the first Belarusian government in exile since 1997 is headed by an 84-year-old resident of Canada, philologist Ivonka Survilla. She also announced her support for the protests taking place in Belarus.

“The regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenko is not only illegitimate, it no longer copes with its tasks. We cannot stay idle and watch the country sinking deeper into crisis. Therefore, in order to ensure the holding of new elections, I continue my work to unite all democratic forces of the Belarusian society", - quotes the words of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya Interfax agency. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, like Ivonka Survilla, is now abroad.

Anna Krasulina, press secretary of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, explained that the matter concerns the further formation of the team of the leader of the Belarusian opposition. “This is the answer to the question: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is one person? Or does she have a team? And if there is a team, then who is it?” Anna Krasulina noted. It is assumed that the new "shadow government" will be replenished primarily by members of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition, previously formed to ensure the transit of power. The official authorities of Belarus previously recognized the creation of such a council as illegal, a criminal case was opened on the seizure of power, according to which several members of the presidium of the organization were arrested.

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