Svetlana Tikhanovskaya does not like being called an opposition leader. First of all, she says, the movement she has inspired in Belarus is no longer the opposition: "we are the majority." And secondly, she says, she was the winner of Belarus's Aug. 9 presidential election. "My role now can be described as national leader, I think. And, of course, as the national, chosen president," Tikhanovskaya told BuzzFeed News in an exclusive interview Monday from Vilnius, Lithuania, where she has been living in exile for the last month. Shaking her head as she considered the events of the past several weeks, she added: "I never could have imagined that I would be in this place." In just three months, the 37-year-old mother of two has gone from being a self-described "housewife" with no political ambitions to becoming a hero of the protests shaking Belarus and dictator Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year grip on power. Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians inspired by her presidential campaign have protested in cities across Belarus — even in places Lukashenko considered his heartland — since an election that demonstrators believe was won by Tikhanovskaya . Her supporters said it was rigged in favor of the brutish and mustachioed… Read full this story
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