Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a sixth term, the official news agency Belta reported.
As the state agency reports, the inauguration took place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government officials present.
During the ceremony, state media reported that Lukashenko placed his right hand on the constitution and swore to “serve the people of the Republic of Belarus, respect and protect rights and freedoms of people and citizens.”
Several hundred loyalists were invited to the ceremony, including senior officials, heads of state agencies, members of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, according to reports.
Lukashenko’s disputed election victory on August 9 has unleashed weeks of mass protest across Belarus.