Polish PM asks EC, European Council heads to hold EU summit on Belarus

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appealed to the heads of the European Commission and the European Council to convene an extraordinary summit regarding Belarus, the government spokesman announced on Monday morning.

The appeal has been sent to EC President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, Piotr Mueller announced.

The communique published on the PM's Office website underlined that, after the presidential election on Sunday, the Belarusian authorities had used force against their citizens who demanded changes in their country.

"We must show solidarity and support Belarusians in their striving for freedom. This is the reason of the Polish PM's appeal to the European Council to focus on the matter," reads the communique.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won re-election with 80 percent of the vote at the country's presidential election, the Central Election Commission said on Monday, citing preliminary results. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a former English teacher who emerged as Lukashenko's main rival at the elections on Sunday, won 9.9 percent of the vote, the election commission said.

The preliminary results were announced after Belarusian police fired water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades in a crackdown on protests that erupted on Sunday. At least one person was killed and dozens were injured in clashes between police and protesters after the Belarus presidential election, according to the rights group Spring 96.