Belarus Votes to Renounce Non-Nuclear Status

Belarusians voted on Feb. 27 to renounce the country’s non-nuclear status as part of a package of constitutional reforms amid the Russian invasion on Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported.

Central Election Commission Head Igor Karpenko of Belarus said that 65.16% of voters in a referendum were in favor of the amendments while 10.07% voted against, according to Russian news agencies.

According to Karpenko, voter turnout was at 78.63%.

The amendments could see nuclear weapons in Belarus for the first time since it gave them up after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The amendments came after Lukashenko allowed Russian troops to use Belarusian territory to attack Ukraine from the north.

The new constitution also extends the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994.

The referendum sparked anti-war protests in several cities across Belarus, leading to hundreds of arrests.

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