Wednesday, January 19

Lukashenko publishes draft amendments to the new Constitution of Belarus


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The Belarusian authorities have published the draft of amendments to the new Constitution, which from now on is available for national debate, as reported by the country’s Presidency. In a statement published on its website, the Presidency specified that “the national legal information portal has published the draft of amendments and annexes to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, available for political discussion.”

The amendments indicate that the president can only be a Belarusian citizen by birth, who is at least 40 years old and has the right to vote, who has permanently resided in the country for at least 20 years before attending the elections and who does not have and has not had the citizenship of other states.

Neither may he be or have been the holder of residence permits or similar documents from another country.

Once elected to the position, the president will serve a five-year term and may only be re-elected once. At present, the Belarusian president can be re-elected infinitely.

In the statement, the current Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, specified that the National Center for Legal Information will coordinate the collection of opinions from citizens on the draft amendments and additions to the Constitution.

Last week, Lukashenko announced that the constitutional referendum will take place in the second half February after the bill is last considered in late January or early February.

Lukashenko, in power since 1994, was re-elected for a sixth term in a controversial election held in August 2020 and in which the opposition denounced the existence of fraud. Shortly after, he was willing to hand over part of his presidential powers to other bodies of power and highlighted the need to modify the Constitution.

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