Belarusian president accuses Poland of rigging presidential election

The Belarusian president has accused his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, of winning re-election by rigging the vote, Belarus's BielTA agency reported on Thursday.

"Duda won in Poland by falsifying the elections. There was not even a percent of advantage. Falsified," Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying by BielTa.

According to the Belarusian leader, Poland had wanted to provoke a "revolution, and not even a revolution, but a rebellion," in Belarus but instead got one itself.

"The situation there (in Poland) is not easy and will not be resolved so simply," Lukashenko said. "Not just anyone has revolted there. Women have risen up and it is known what for. Peasants have risen up and they know what for. Workers have risen up and they also know what for."

Krzysztof Szczerski, President’s Duda’s aid, dismissed the claims as "ridiculous," going on to say he could only congratulate Poland's opposition on having a new ally in its "street and abroad" strategy.

Protests against the Belarusian leader have been continuing since he won a presidential election on August 9 many consider rigged.

Lukashenko has repeatedly accused the Polish and Lithuanian authorities of provoking unrest in his country.