CNA Staff, Oct 12, 2020 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Ante Jozić, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Belarus earlier this year, arrived in the country Sunday, being met by both ecclesial and state authorities.

His arrival comes as relations between the Holy See and Belarus are strained over claims the Church in Belarus is being used to exert foreign influence, and the exile of the head of the Belarusian bishops’ conference, amid unrest over a disputed presidential election.

Belarus has seen widespread protests in recent months following a disputed presidential election. Protests began Aug. 9 after president Alexander Lukashenko was declared to have won that day’s election with 80% of the vote. Lukashenko has been president of Belarus since the position was created in 1994.

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