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Belarus' Tsikhanouskaya to tell Macron she wants new elections in 2020

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya attends a news conference with European Parliament President David Sassoli (not pictured), in Brussels Belgium September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool/File Photo

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will tell French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday she wants new elections in Belarus this year, a member of her team told Reuters.

She will tell him she hopes for united European support for changes in Belarus, the member said.

“The main topic for the conversation will be organising new Belarus president election and possible mediation of other countries, including France,” said a statement from her press officer sent on Tuesday morning.

Belarus has been gripped in mass protests since the disputed Aug. 9 presidential election which both President Alexander Lukashenko and Tsikhanouskaya said they won.

Reporting by Andrius Sytas; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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