Belarus must remain presidential republic, says Lukashenka

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has met with a working group on finalizing the draft of the Constitution. At the meeting that took place on 4 November, Lukashenka said that he had received the final draft of the new Basic Law of Belarus. There will be one more discussion session before the referendum. The main principle of the new Constitution is to preserve the current power system.

The meeting of the working group on the amendments to the Constitution. Photo: BelTA

The task of the working group was to study the main issues relating to the preparation of the constitutional amendments. They are strengthening the role of the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, redistribution of power among the state authorities, keeping the balance of the state apparatus, and others. At the same time, Lukashenka stressed that the current system of power should be preserved by any means, and Belarus should remain a presidential republic.

The working group was composed of more than 30 people. There was not a single representative of civil society among them. But there is Ihar Syarheyenka, Head of the Presidential Administration, Natallia Kachanava, Chairperson of the Council of the Republic, Alyaksandr Rakhmanau, Deputy State Secretary of the Security Council, Kanstantsin Burak, Chief of the Staff of the Council of Ministers, Natallia Karpovich, Deputy Chairperson of the Constitutional Court, and Mikhail Orda, Chairman of the Trade Union Federation.

Lukashenka said that one more meeting of the working group would be needed before the draft could be submitted to the Constitutional Commission and then to the referendum, which is planned for February 2022. The exact date has not yet been announced.