Fri, 22 Jan 2021

Embattled strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years, has said he would leave his post after a new constitution had been adopted, Belarus's Belta news agency quoted him as saying.

'I will not work as president with you under the new constitution,' Lukashenka said during a visit to a Minsk hospital on November 27.

He didn't specify when that day would come, but stressed the need for amendments to the constitution and adjustments to presidential powers.

Lukashenka has mentioned the possibility of changes to the constitution several times in the past, but the opposition has dismissed his comments as an attempt to buy time and stay in power while cracking down on anti-government protesters.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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