Belarus’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko faced angry calls to resign Monday morning, as the candidate who stood against him in last week’s contested election said she’s ready to lead the nation.
“I’m prepared to take responsibility and act as the nation’s leader during this period so the country settles down and gets back to normality,” opposition politician Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya said Monday in a video address from Lithuania.
Tsikhanouskaya, 37, fled the country last week after longtime President Lukashenko declared victory in the national election with 80 percent of the vote.
But Lukashenko said Monday there wouldn’t be another election “until you kill me.”
His comments came in response to boos, laughter and chants of “resign!” from workers during his visit to the tractor factory MZKT.
“We held elections already. Until you kill me, there will be no other elections,” he was quoted by the Tut.by media outlet while speaking to workers outside the plant.