Macron calls for transition of power in Belarus, offers mediation


French President Emmanuel Macron, on an official visit to Lithuania, on Tuesday offered to mediate for a "peaceful transition" of power in neighbouring Belarus, meeting with exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and calling for new 'free elections under international observation' following the crisis in Belarus prompted by the contested August re-election of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko . 

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French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to help mediate in Belarus, following weeks of protests over a disputed presidential vote, reports BBC News.