Belarus launches criminal case into opposition council: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Belarusian general prosecutor’s office said on Thursday it had opened a criminal case into a council launched by members of the opposition who disputed an Aug. 9 presidential election, the RIA news agency reported.

The general prosecutor said the body was designed to seize power and undermine national security, RIA reported.

President Alexander Lukashenko faces the biggest challenge to his 26-year rule following the election that triggered mass protests. He has described the opposition council as “an attempt to seize power.”

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