MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that authorities would not let Belarus be ripped apart by instability after huge protests erupted following a presidential election on Sunday, the Belta news agency reported.
Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya has rejected the official results handing President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory, saying the poll was rigged and that protests which turned bloody on Sunday would continue. [nL8N2FC0SQ]
"The response will be appropriate. We won't allow the country to be torn apart," Lukashenko was quoted by Belta as saying.
(Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams)