The exiled head of Belarus’s opposition urged European leaders to reject President Alexander Lukashenko’s ‘fraudulent’ re-election ahead of an emergency EU summit today. The French Press Agency reports that the European Council was due to convene to discuss the fallout from the vote that saw security services in ex-Soviet Belarus brutally disperse peaceful demonstrators demanding that their authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko resign. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a 37-year-old political novice who fled to neighbouring Lithuania after claiming victory in the vote, called on EU leaders not to recognise these fraudulent elections. Lukashenko has lost all legitimacy in the eyes of the nation and the world, she said in the video appeal.