An overview of the role and responsibilities of Alexander Lukashenko, head of state of Belarus since 1994
The President of Belarus is the country’s head of state, the guarantor of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, the rights and liberties of man and citizen. His authority is established and defined by the Belarus Constitution and by the Presidential Act of the Republic of Belarus.
The current president of Belarus is Alexander Lukashenko. He was elected to the post in 1994 and is now serving his fourth term.
The Belarusian President is directly elected by the people of Belarus for a 5-year term of office.
Any Belarusian citizen over the age of 18 can vote in the elections.
Presidential candidates must be:
The President is responsible for:
As well as being head of state, the President also fulfils a number of other roles including:
The President of Belarus has wide-reaching powers. These include:
As head of state, the President of Belarus enjoys full immunity. In addition, the Constitution states that the honour and dignity of the Presidential office should always be protected.