Government-run TV channel launches telethon to campaign for Lukashenka
The Belarusian public is not surprised by the fact that one of the presidential candidates, the acting head of state Aliaksandr Lukashenka, does not appear on TV with his election program or meets with the voters. In reality, the incumbent simply does not care about election campaigning, as he can safely entrust this to others.
Among other things reported by independent observers, in late August, the ONT government-owned TV channel and the Ministry of Culture launched a ‘nation-wide event’ entitled “We Are Together!”. The telethon is expected to be over exactly on the eve of the voting day, October 11. The TV channel has already arranged concerts in Baranavičy and Homieĺ featuring many popstars.
“The purpose of the action is to remind every citizen that when we are together, we are Belarus, an independent, powerful state,” wrote the Homieĺskija Viedamasci newspaper.
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.