BBC NEWS/State media reported that the president called the meeting to discuss constitutional reform with the opponents he had jailed.

Opposition figures said the meeting was a sign of weakness on his part.

Mr Lukashenko claimed a landslide win in August elections widely seen as fraudulent, sparking mass protests.

A violent crackdown on unrest in the days following the disputed poll saw thousands of people detained, and hundreds beaten by police.

The EU and the US have refused to recognise Mr Lukashenko’s new term.

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