Belarusian opposition forms National Coordinating Counci

MINSK, January 9 (Itar-Tass) -- The Belarusian opposition formed the National Coordinating Council at a Sunday meeting of the majority of leading opposition parties.

The Council posted a declaration of the immediate goals of the opposition, such as the liberation of opposition members 'imprisoned for political reasons', the notification of citizens and international organizations about the situation in Belarus, and the creation of conditions for free and democratic elections in the country.

Representatives of the United Civil Party, the Social Democratic Party (Hramada), the Fair World party, the movement For Freedom, the Belarusian Popular Front, the Congress of Democratic Trade Unions and the Tell the Truth association.

The National Coordinating Council will operate on the permanent basis, but it will not have a leader.

"The opposition starts to consolidate and to coordinate its activity," Fair World party leader Sergei Kalyakin said. "The consolidation is necessary for changing the current situation in Belarus," he said.


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