Selin ATAY-TDO- Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that he would step down as president once a new constitution is adopted.
“I will not work as president with you under the new constitution,” Belarusian President Lukashenko said in a statement. Lukashenko also proposed curbing presidential powers as part of the reforms. However, he gave no timeline for when the new constitution would come into force.
The result of the Belarusian presidential election, held on 9 August, caused widespread protests in the country and was condemned internationally. The victory of current President Aleksandr Lukashenko in the presidential election was met with a public backlash, and there were claims that the elections were “rigged”.
The protesters said they did not recognize Lukashenko's presidency and demanded that the elections be reorganized. In addition to the demands for new elections, the protesters also demanded a constitutional change in the country.
The Minsk administration, under pressure from the protesters, announced that the constitution would be reformed. In his statement on the new constitution, Belarusian President Lukashenko said he would not shape the new constitution in his own interests.
"The new constitution is not necessary because we need democracy. It's not about democracy. I'm worried about something else. We cannot entrust the constitution to an unknown president," he said.
He said the current constitution needed reforming as too much power was concentrated in the hands of the president and that there would be “trouble” if he handed over the reins now.