“Aleksandr Lukashenko took the oath in Belarusian, after which he signed the oath, and then the chairman of the Electoral Commission (…) handed him the certificate of president of the Republic of Belarus,” Belta was quoted as saying by AFP.

This ceremony – usually presented as a major event in the former Soviet republic – was not announced in advance.

Lukashenko claims that he was re-elected on August 9 with 80% of the votes cast, but the opposition refuses to acknowledge the result, denouncing a fraud-stricken election.

Since then, there has been an unprecedented protest movement in Belarus, marked by daily protests against Lukashenko and strong responses from the latter.

As a result of the repression of protests, the Lukashenko regime risks being sanctioned by the United States and the European Union.

According to UN rapporteur Anais Marin, more than 10,000 people have been “abusively arrested” since election day in Belarus. There are more than 500 testimonies of torture and thousands of cases of “savagely beaten” people, the UN official said at a meeting dedicated to the protests in Minsk.