Belarus prime minister delivers speech as dictator Lukashenko skips country’s Flag Day celebration

14 May, 03:26 PM
Alexander Lukashenko (Photo:Iran’s President Website/WANA/Handout via Reuters)

Alexander Lukashenko (Photo:Iran’s President Website/WANA/Handout via Reuters)

Amid recent news of his deteriorating health, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko did not attend the celebration of the Day of the State Flag, Emblem and Anthem, Belarusian journalist and analyst Anton Motolko reported on Telegram on May 14.

Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko delivered the speech instead of the dictator.

The event was held on the State Flag Square in Minsk.

Earlier, it was reported that Lukashenko had visited the presidential medical clinic in the Drozdy complex near Minsk on the evening of May 13, after rumors spread that he was ill.

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Zerkalo (a medium set up by the former TUT.ВY news outlet team) wrote that Lukashenko has been making many fewer public appearances since May.

Lukashenko attended the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, but looked uncomfortable and ill at ease. He was unable to walk a few hundred meters to the place where he was to lay flowers together with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and the other foreign guests – the presidents of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and the prime minister of Armenia.

The Belarusian dictator was then absent from a breakfast for the foreign guests hosted by Putin.

Lukashenko was also seen wearing a bandage on his arm, and upon his return from Moscow, he did not deliver the traditional May 9 speech on Victory Square in the Belarusian capital Minsk.

The Belarusian opposition has claimed that Lukashenko is ill.

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