Belarusian draft constitution to be published by November 7 at the latest – politician – world


MINSK, October 3. / TASS /. The final version of Belarus’ new draft constitution will be released for national discussion no later than November 7, said Yuri Voskresensky, founder of the Democratic Forces think tank and member of the Constitutional Commission.

“I think the text [of the draft], which will likely be made available for public debate to Belarusian citizens no later than November 7, will already be refined, “he said on a YouTube show on Saturday.

Voskresensky went on to say that at its last session, which was attended by President Alexander Lukashenko, the country’s Constitutional Commission considered several controversial issues that are still open for debate. Now the document will be reviewed by legal experts.

“The presidential legal team – the people who initial the laws, draft the legislative acts and regulations – in other words, experienced lawyers, will join to refine the controversial sections which are still in progress,” he said. declared the expert. “In fact, we only have one unresolved issue, and that is the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, its powers and convocation procedure.”

Presidential elections were held in Belarus on August 9. Outgoing President Alexander Lukashenko won a landslide victory, garnering 80.10% of the vote. Her closest rival in the race, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, came in second, with 10.12% of the vote. However, she refused to recognize the election result and left Belarus. After the exit poll results were announced on August 9, mass protests erupted in downtown Minsk and other Belarusian cities. At the start of the post-election period, rallies snowballed into violent clashes between protesters and police. The protests lasted for several months. Authorities have repeatedly said the protests were orchestrated from abroad.

Amid protests, Lukashenko declared the need to change the constitution and his willingness to delegate some presidential authority to other branches of power. The Constitutional Commission, established by order of Lukashenko, presented a number of proposals, in particular by limiting each presidency to two terms. He also proposed to deprive the president of his right to annul government acts and issue decrees. The proposals have been sent to the Head of State. The draft constitution is expected to be presented for nationwide discussion in early 2022.

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