Updated at 17:58,28-05-2022

Lukashenko: Only war can prevent constitutional referendum in Belarus


Lukashenko: Only war can prevent constitutional referendum in Belarus
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The referendum on the constitutional amendments in Belarus may not take place only in case of war, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke to the media on 21 January, BelTA has learned.

"Events like a referendum might be canceled only in one case: if, God forbid, a war breaks out. I've already commented on this. I don't think it will. Therefore, we will hold the referendum," the head of state said.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed Decree No.14 “On calling the nationwide referendum” on 20 January. According to the document, the nationwide referendum on amendments and additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus shall be held on 27 February 2022. The decree contains the wording of the referendum question, which is reproduced verbatim in the voting ballot: “Do you accept the amendments and additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus?” The amendments and additions to the Constitution submitted to the referendum are listed in the decree.

In accordance with the Electoral Code, the decision adopted by a national referendum shall have a legal force. It shall enter into force 10 days after its official publication. It the decision adopted by referendum shall be an integral part of the Constitution.