Tatsyana Karatkevich, who is challenging incumbent president Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the October 11 presidential election, told a gathering of voters in Brest on September 30 that the authorities in Belarus, while «exhibiting all signs of a dictatorship,» are «imitating democracy very vigorously.»
Karatkevich, who is considered by many the only «democratic» candidate in the race, is currently campaigning around the country. More established, veteran representatives of Belarus’ opposition parties have called on her to withdraw from the campaign arguing that the election results will once again be falsified in Lukashenka’s favor and that her participation will only serve as a cover for the essentially flawed election process.
Speaking about some opposition leaders’ calls for an election boycott, Karatkevich said in Brest:
«My election team includes representatives of the Belarusian Popular Front, my own party [Social Democratic Party-Popular Assembly] and other parties, who have decided to support me on their own. It’s not a secret to anybody. There are only a few opposition leaders who speak out against me — but I think that they, like the president himself, are tired.»