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Lukashenko: New Constitution means new system of government

MINSK ( BelTA) – If the new Constitution is adopted, the system of government in Belarus will be changed, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss amendments to the Constitution on 23 December, BelTA has learned.

“If people uphold the constitutional amendments, we, the incumbent authorities, including the president and the parliament and so on, will have to rebuild the system of government in the country to bring it in compliance with the new Constitution. That is the answer to questions about what will happen next and when, and whether there will be early election and so on. Having adopted the Constitution, we need to build an effective system of public administration, economic management, a political system, and adopt basic laws,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

According to him, after the system is rebuilt, the necessary amendments to legislation will be made and additional legal acts will be adopted; it will also be necessary to start a new cycle of election campaigns.

“Yet, we will discuss it one more time. If we hear some other reasonable proposals, we might take them on board. After all, it will entail significant changes, including in the system of government and public administration. This is a very serious matter at this time. If someone thinks that our actions will be haphazard and poorly planned, they are wrong. There will be no chaos and confusion. The decision will be made after the new Constitution is adopted; we will recalibrate the mechanisms of governing and then will start a new cycle of an election campaign. This means that we will build a new system of government for our people,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.