Speaking at the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly on February 11, Alyaksandr Lukashenka spoke about his planned changes to the Constitution of Belarus.
“The redistribution of powers will be radical. We will prepare a new constitution, the third one. The draft Constitution will be ready within a year, at the beginning of next year we will submit the new Constitution for general discussion, for a referendum,” Lukashenka said.
However, he said that the country should remain with a president even “without Lukashenka.”
“I will leave, not today but tomorrow. Other people will come, they are already knocking on the door. Don’t you think I understand? All this ruckus was about president. I did not make a hero of myself when running around with a machine gun, I acted decisively. I will not give my country to anyone,” Lukashenka said.
He called the conditions of his resignation: “country in peace, order, no protests, opinion expressed within the law.”
“If it turns out that the “wrong people” will come to power, the second item will be that none of the current president’s supporter can suffer,” said Lukashenka.
Therefore, the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly should have constitutional powers.
In general, Lukashenka added, “the time will come and you will elect a new Lukashenka or someone else.”
The Telegram channel of the Russian edition of RBC has published pictures of the resolution, which is said to be adopted on the second day of the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly.
According to the draft, the delegates of the assembly are offered to vote for giving the assembly the legislative status as the “highest form of people’s representation”, and by the end of the year will develop proposals to change the Constitution.