Belarusian leader Lukashenko says he may have been in power too long

08 September 2020 - 14:18 By Reuters
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. File photo
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. File photo
Image: REUTERS/Stringer

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said he may have stayed in power as president a little too long, but said he was the only person capable of protecting the country for now, Russian news agencies reported him as saying on Tuesday.

"Yes, maybe I overstayed a bit," the TASS news agency cited Lukashenko as saying in an interview with several Russian state-run media outlets.

Lukashenko has ruled Belarus since 1994 and claimed victory in a contested Aug. 9 presidential election which his opponents say was massively rigged. 


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