Czech, Polish PMs call for repeat presidential vote in Belarus

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Czech PM Andrej Babis on Twitter on Friday morning said that he had held a conversation with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki. The two politicians appealed for a repeat presidential vote in Belarus and an urgent videoconference of the European Council.

Babis wrote that they had decided with Morawiecki to appeal to the European Council President, Charles Michel, to urgently hold a videoconference of council members regarding Belarus.

Babis underlined that there was no time to waste, and that the Belarusian people needed aid fast. He also stated that the presidential election had to be repeated, had to be clear and held in the presence of foreign observers.

An urgent meeting of EU foreign ministers regarding the ongoing conflict in Belarus will take place in Brussels on Friday.

At least two protesters have died and around 6,700 were detained this week in a crackdown following Alexander Lukashenko's contested re-election that has prompted the West to consider new sanctions on Minsk. The protesters accuse Lukashenko of rigging last Sunday's presidential election to win a sixth term.