The European Union awarded today its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for their challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko’s long, hard-line reign.
Prominent opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was detained by Belarusian authorities on Tuesday, a border official said, after thwarting what a Ukrainian government minister described as an attempt to expel her from Belarus.
A preliminary official tally of Montenegro’s parliamentary election confirmed on Monday that the pro-Western party that has ruled the country for 30 years has won the most votes, but a coalition of three opposition groupings might still grab power, news wires reported.
Belarus’ general prosecutor’s office launched a criminal case on Thursday against a new opposition body, accusing it of an illegal attempt to seize power and a threat to national security, news wires reported. A day early President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to sweep the streets of protesters who reject his re-election.
The nascent political opposition in Belarus set up a council inside the country on Tuesday in attempt to start the process of a negotiated transition of power. But President Alexander Lukashenko denounced it as an attempt to seize power 10 days after an election that has triggered mass demonstrations.
Hungary's six largest opposition parties pledged on Thursday to form an unprecedented wide-ranging alliance to challenge PM Viktor Orban at the next general election in 2022, news wires reported. Opposition parties accuse the nationalist Orban of steering Hungary toward authoritarianism and away from mainstream democratic and EU values.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced on Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections, scheduled for September, by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak, news wires reported.
Tens of thousands of supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko's top election rival hit the streets for a huge opposition rally in Minsk on Thursday, news wires reported. Political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya mobilised some 63,000 people, human rights organisation Viasna said. It marks the biggest opposition action in the ex-Soviet Republic in years.
Italy's Senate approved on Tuesday a request by PM Giuseppe Conte to extend until 15 October the state of emergency, expanding his government's powers to control the coronavirus health crisis, news wires reported.