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Belarus's President Lukashenko takes oath of office

01-22-2011 11:26 BJT

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Alexander Lukashenko has taken the Oath of Office, signaling the start of his fourth term as President of Belarus. He pledged to immediately get to work on behalf of the country, following Friday's ceremony in Minsk.

More than 2,500 people were invited to the Palace of the Republic, to attend the Belarusian Presidential inauguration.

Among the crowd were the leaders of all three national power branches, as well as heads of political parties and public associations.

About 100 journalists, representing domestic and international media outlets, covered the proceedings.

Alexander Lukashenko swore to always respect human rights and freedoms, during his address to the assembled audience.

Alexander Lukashenko said, "The people have given their strong word, confirming once again that Belarus is a free democratic state, and the choice made by the people is sacred and indisputable."

Meanwhile, the country's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the European Parliament's ongoing accusations of corruption are groundless.

The denial came immediately after continental legislators adopted a tough resolution, urging the EU Council to impose sanctions against Belarusian officials, judges, and law enforcement agents involved in the dispersal of the opposition, after December's Presidential election.

Those lawmakers also called for a new vote, conducted in accordance with international standards.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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