Belarus’ Lukashenko Says He Will Leave His Post if New Constitution is Adopted

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would step down from his post after a new constitution is adopted.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would step down from his post after a new constitution is adopted.

“I am not going to shape the constitution to suit my needs. I am not going to be the president once the new constitution is in place,” said Lukashenko.

Lukashenko said he is in favor of amending the Constitution and is convinced it is necessary to adjust the head of state’s powers and because he cannot give the constitution to an unknown president.

Lukashenko made the comment a day after Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told him to press ahead with constitutional reforms to defuse the crisis which has rocked the country since August 9.

Russia,, has publicly backed Lukashenko’s stated intention to reform the constitution, but no proposals have been presented publicly yet. 

“I will not work as president with you under the new constitution,” added Lukashenko.

According to the opposition in Belarus, the reform promises are a stalling tactic.

Protests are still ongoing in Belarus while Lukashenko still remains for his sixth term. 


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