According to representatives of the official authorities of Belarus, it is possible to get out of the political crisis by adopting a new version of the Constitution, which will reduce the role of the president. It is proposed to do this before 2022, and then hold general re-elections.
A representative of Minsk spoke about the reform of the Basic Law by 2022 at a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Belarus, RBC reports. According to him, this is the only way to hold new elections before the expiration of the five-year term of the incumbent.
RBC also writes that the Belarusian authorities are not going to enter into negotiations with opponents, because it would be a dialogue on the transfer of power. For the same reason, Minsk rejected all offers of mediation.
They intend to carry out the reform of the Constitution “in the format of a national dialogue”, to ensure the liberalization of the political system, to transfer part of the president’s powers to parliament, to change the party system (to increase the role of parties), to update the electoral legislation.
The draft of amendments to the Constitution is ready. It was created by judges of the Constitutional Court under the leadership of Deputy Chair of the Constitutional Court Natallya Karpovich, but Lukashenka has not yet approved it.
Earlier, Maryia Kalesnikava said that Lukashenka would be able to take part in the new presidential elections, but only after the change in the composition of the CEC and under the control of international observers. At a recent meeting with the Russian media Lukashenka said that he would not resign.