P.Martsau: Opposition will lose support of USA and EU if it boycotts elections

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The Political Council of the United Democratic Forces will take its decision about its further participation in the election of deputies of the House of Representatives on Sunday. A boycott may be announced. A political scientist Pyotr Martsau has called the possibility of the opposition’s boycott of the elections a suicide:

"It is a non-constructive and a nonpolitical position. It is an ostrich policy and it may lead to the fact that they will finally lose the support of the USA and of the European Union. It is just a suicide”.

Martsau has noted that the boycott may be effective only if all political forces decide to join it. However, it would not be enough because “it requires a certain political mood in the society, people should distrust the very procedure of elections to make it possible”.