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17 Nov 2019

Possible amendments to Constitution submitted to Belarus president

Possible amendments to Constitution submitted to Belarus president

MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – Possible amendments to the Constitution have been submitted to the Belarusian president. The head of state made the statement as he talked to journalists after casting his vote at the parliamentary election on 17 November, BelTA informs.

“I have said that we need to make steps in this direction. It would be silly from me to say that we will change the Constitution by the presidential election,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Elements of the new Constitution from the point of view of the Constitutional Court have been submitted to me.”

According to the president, now it will be possible to advance to the next stage relying on many proposals of the Constitutional Court lawyers, i.e. a broader group of specialists will be formed, and they will try to prepare a Draft Constitution and submit it to the head of state. “If I deem it necessary, I will make it available for the public. During the third stage the society will, probably, discuss this Constitution,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said that there are no timelines for amending the Constitution. “I have never and will never set any timelines. When the draft is ready, we will move to the second, third, fourth stage. This is how it should proceed. We should not be in a hurry, this is a serious issue which will affect the life in the country and its development in the future,” the president stressed.

The head of state added that the Constitutional Court judges left their signatures under their proposals when those proposals were made. “There is personal responsibility for the fate of the country, for how they will live in this country, for how their children will live here. I was surprised and pleased that they are not going to break the existing Constitution. Responsibility for the document is an essential thing,” Aleksandr Lukashenko concluded.

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