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Belarus opposition leader to address UN Security Council: spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (C) meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun (not pictured) in Vilnius, Lithuania August 24, 2020. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Headquarters/Handout via REUTERS

VILNIUS (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting By Andrius Sytas; editing by Niklas Pollard

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