Lukashenko sworn in for his 6th term as president of Belarus

2020-09-24 03:33:07 GMT2020-09-24 11:33:07(Beijing Time) Sina English

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko attends his inauguration ceremony in Minsk on Wednesday.

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in for a sixth term on Wednesday.

The inauguration ceremony took place at the Palace of Independence. After being sworn in, he was handed an official ID card showing he is the Belarusian president by the head of the country’s central election commission. This is Lukashenko’s sixth inauguration. The date and time of the event were kept secret until the last moment.

During the inauguration ceremony, Lukashenko swore to “serve the people of the Republic of Belarus, respect and protect rights and freedoms of people and citizens.”

He added he believes it is necessary to return the country to the safe life that has always been in the republic, and to come to an agreement for the future. Belarus has been witnessing mass protests after Lukashenko won a sixth term in the August 9 elections, with the opposition refusing to recognize the win.

According to the official results, Lukashenko won 80 percent of the vote.

The opposition denounced the inauguration as illegitimate.