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9 Oct 2020

Call to involve all creative segments of Belarusian society in work on new Constitution

Call to involve all creative segments of Belarusian society in work on new Constitution

MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) – All creative segments of society need to be involved in the work on the amendment of the Constitution, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a government meeting to discuss topical issues on 9 October, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, even within the framework of the current Constitution there is a gradual transfer of some powers from the president to the government and governors. For example, these are matters concerning methods and forms of management and land issues.

Speaking about the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, Aleksandr Lukashenko said that this process should be as close to ordinary citizens as possible. For this purpose, the head of state instructed to set up dialogue platforms in the regions. “Today the Parliament is collecting proposals on the Constitution. Let MPs collect these proposals from the people. This work, however, will not yield a similar result as the dialogue that you are developing in the regions. Invite different people to join the dialogue. You should listen to and hear different points of view. When we study these issues related to the Constitution, governance, local government, and economy, we will discuss them here, in the center, and submit them to the All-Belarusian People's Congress. This is the formula we should follow. All creative segments of society will be included in this work. This work is already underway,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also emphasized the important role of the All-Belarusian People's Congress in the discussion of the constitutional reform. “The first stage where we should inform the population on our work in this direction is the All-Belarusian People's Congress. We need to think how we are going to organize it: first of all, to set up an organizing committee and hold elections to the All-Belarusian People's Congress, decide on the number, proceeding from the already accumulated experience,” the president said.

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