At the official meeting dedicated to Belarus’ Independence Day the Belarusian President has deflated his own words about transferring power to his youngest son.
“When coming back home from foreign trips, I am surprised to read or hear the statements that Lukashenka is here forever. I say it again, but not to justify myself: my kids are fed up with their father’s presidency. There will be no transfer of power in Belarus,” state-owned news agency BelTA quotes Aliaksandr Lukashenka as saying.
“I am a humble man. Thanks to you, I have the honor of being the first President of an independent state, your President. I remember everything. There were many fights, predictions and many opportunities to dip the country into chaos. Then I promised myself: I am the first President. After me there will be others and I have to make sure that no one would want to be dishonest. And if I am going to behave dishonestly, and if I behave like many oligarchs around our country, every President after me will be tempted to repeat it. I am the first President, your President and I just can’t afford it,” Aliaksandr Lukashenka said.
“Some people have started to question serious prospects of Belarus-Venezuela co-operation. My son Mikalai is here and this speaks for the fact that we have laid the foundation for our cooperation for the long haul and we have a person to pick up the torch in 20-25 years,” Aliaksandr Lukashenka said at the meeting of the presidents of Belarus and Venezuela in Caracas. The statement has touched off numerous rumours of “transfer of power by inheritance” again.