Updated at 18:53,10-09-2021

‘New challenges’: Lukashenka paving way for amending Constitution again?


Belarus’ Constitution may be adjusted to meet present-day challenges, president Alyaksandr Lukashenko said when addressing outgoing, newly- and re-elected MPs on Friday.

According to him, the time might have come to review the country’s Constitution.

“We will try to approach the matter from various angles. We will do it accurately to avoid making things worse. New problems and challenges have emerged. And time may require something new. It is necessary to start with important things if we dare to do it. We should establish a group of wise people, lawyers to re-analyze the Constitution. If necessary, we will do it,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes the Belarusian leader as saying.

It should be noted that in the 1996 referendum, the majority of voters approved of constitutional amendments put forward by Lukashenka, which dramatically increased the president’s power. Among other things, these amendments gave Lukashenka’s decrees the force of law, gave him near-total control over the budget and extended his term to 2001.