Presidential hopefuls must have army training, Lukashenka claims

During a recent visit to the 103rd Vitsebsk Independent Guards Airborne Brigade, Alyaksandr Lukashenka suggested writing down a norm in the Constitution, according to which only a person who served in the army can be president.

“Some people want to be in power, but I was surprised to learn that they had never been battle tested,” he said.

Lukashenka suggested that the new Constitution should contain a close saying that a person can’t become the president if they hasn’t served in the army.

“What kind of a commander-in-chief would it be if they don’t know what the army is. They’ll walk around with mouth open, you may pour banana oil in their ears, tell them it is Dragunov sniper rifle, and they’ll think that it is a tank,” said Alyaksandr Lukashenka. “If they didn’t serve in the army, they shouldn’t be there (in the presidential post),” said Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

“If a woman wants to be the president, we’ll send her to the Vitsebsk Brigade in advance, so she’ll be prepared to distinguish the APC from the tank, BMP and so on,” BelTA quoted Lukashenka.