Alexander Lukashenkoon: Vasily Fedosenko / AP
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during his annual address to the nation and Parliament were told about the plans to change the country’s Constitution. The stream of his address led channel “Belarus 1”.
According to Lukashenko, he did not wish to leave to his successor the current version of the Constitution, because the country no longer required a strong presidential power. The head of state believes that the future President “should not have so much to wander through the fields and farms”. Instead, he will need to focus on management first and foremost, personnel matters.
Lukashenka also stressed that changing the Constitution will not be done for him. “This does not mean that we will take some try to create a system that Lukashenko seems to have gone and not gone… This will not happen, I tell you” — he promised. According to the President, he is concerned about the future of the country, not their own power. “I’ve naplastovanija,” — said Lukashenko.
The President of Belarus noted that experts are already working on the analysis of possible changes in the Constitution, after discussing connect public organizations and parties. According to Lukashenko, at the moment, to talk about specific options premature as there had not yet developed even the concept of change.
As previously reported by “Interfax”, in March this year Lukashenka talked about the need to change the country’s Constitution. In particular, the President noted the need to strengthen the Executive and legislative branches of government, and also made changes in the electoral system. However, he promised that the new Constitution “will not be accepted unceremoniously” and possible changes will be introduced not earlier than in two years, when will is scheduled for 2019 and 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections. Lukashenko admitted that the new Constitution will be presented to them during the election campaign, if he decides to participate in them.
The current Constitution of Belarus was adopted in 1994. In 1996 the referendum was amended to include the redistribution of powers in favor of Executive power and the President. In 2004, by referendum of the Constitution was the clause limiting the number of terms of stay of one person on a post of the President.
Alexander Lukashenko has headed Belarus since 1994. Since then he was re-elected four times. On 2015 elections, his candidacy was supported to 83.49 percent of voters with a turnout of 87.2 percent. The fifth presidential term of Lukashenko will come to an end in 2020. About plans to participate again in the presidential race, the head of state has not yet been declared.
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