Lithuanian FM: Belarus challenger 'safe' in Lithuania
The Lithuanian foreign minister says that the leading opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election has fled her country and is now "safe" in Lithuania.
Linas Linkevicius made the statement on Twitter Tuesday. It comes after Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya refused to concede defeat in Sunday's vote and dismissed the official results showing authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko's landslide victory as a sham.
She submitted her formal demand for a recount to Belarus' Central Election Commission Monday.
Thousands of opposition supporters protested against the official vote results, facing a tough police crackdown in Minsk and several other Belarusian cities.