That appeal was echoed in a statement to the committee later from 52 mainly European countries and the European Union
'New election': Belarusians take to Minsk streets as demand for Prez Lukashenko's resignation intensifies
Mass protests have rocked Belarus for over two months, ever since the official results of the August 9 election gave Lukashenko a landslide victory with 80% of the vote.
President Alexander Lukashenko spent more than four hours talking to his jailed political foes at the Minsk prison.
Since presidential campaigning started in Belarus this year, 207 journalists have been detained, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists.
Like European Union sanctions on Belarus announced earlier in the day, the US measures did not target Lukashenko directly.
The European Union is considering whether to impose sanctions as well. Germany currently holds the EU's rotating presidency.
President Alexander Luksahenko stepped up his defiance this week by unexpectedly taking the oath of office for a new term in an unannounced ceremony.
Ahead of a trip Monday to Lithuania and Latvia, Macron was quoted in Sunday’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper as saying “it’s clear that Lukashenko must go.”
Protests began on August 9, after President Lukashenko won his sixth term in office in an election opposition supporters and many European governments believe was rigged.
Protests began August 9 after an election that official results say gave President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office; opponents and some poll workers say the results were manipulated.
Belarusians have been demonstrating against the disputed re-election of Lukashenko for a month, with more than 100,000 people flooding the streets of Minsk for four straight weekends.
About 5,000 women took part in the march, according to the human rights organization Viasna. Police followed the march, but no detentions were reported.
Belarus’ authoritarian president of 26 years has faced weeks of protests since he was reelected to a sixth term on Aug. 9 with 80% of the vote.
Protests broke out after official results of the Aug. 9 presidential election were announced, giving Lukashenko his sixth consecutive term, with 80% of the vote.
The moves by Lukashenko to buy some time likely will see him holding onto power for now, although he almost certainly will face more challenges amid a worsening economy and simmering public anger.