President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 17 July at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that in Belarus “strange things happen”, writes BelTA.
“We will talk with you one-on-one, exchange some opinions and questions. I will tell you about what is happening now in the electoral period. Very strange things happen. Sometimes I start to think long based on my experience, where it comes from. But, everything turns. So I’ll tell you later about it”, – Lukashenka said to a closed meeting with Mishustin.
What strange things it is, is not specified.
August 9, Belarus will hold a presidential election. The Belarusian Central election Commission has registered five candidates. Apart from Lukashenko, for the presidency expect the co-Chairman of the Association “Tell the truth” Andrey Dmitriev, ex-Deputy Anna Konopacka, the leader of the party “Belarusian social-democratic Gramada” Sergey Caraceni and wife arrested blogger Sergei Tikhanovski Svetlana.
Two rivals of Lukashenka to participate in the elections was not allowed. In particular, the Central electoral Commission rejected more than half of the signatures in support of nomination of ex-diplomat Valery Tsepkalo and refused to register ex-banker Victor Babariko, which is considered the main competitor of the incumbent.
Now Babariko is in custody. Belarusian law enforcers accused him of financial crimes. The Belarusian KGB claimed that the activities of Babariko involved “puppeteers” from among the “big bosses “Gazprom”.