Belarus opposition leader to address UN Security Council

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (C) meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun (not pictured) in Vilnius, Lithuania

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will address the United Nations Security Council on Friday, her spokesman said in a statement.

She will speak by a video link at the invitation of Estonia, which is currently is a non-permanent member of the body, a member of her team told Reuters.

Tsikhanouskaya was a presidential candidate in the Aug. 9 elections in Belarus which her supporters say she won. She fled to Lithuania after the election which President Alexander Lukashenko declared he had won a by a wide margin, sparking large protests in Belarus.

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