Constitutional reform in Belarus can be carried out until 2022. This includes the plan of the Belarusian authorities to get out of the political crisis, presented today, September 8, at a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.
According to several media reports, the constitutional reform, which was previously mentioned by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, will be carried out in the republic until 2022. According to the Belarusian authorities, this is the only way to hold new elections before the end of the five-year term of the incumbent president. At the same time, the official Minsk does not plan to hold any talks with the opposition, “because it implies a dialogue on the transfer of power.” For the same reason, the Belarusian authorities rejected all offers of mediation.
According to informed sources, the new constitution involves the liberalization of the political system, the weakening of presidential power, and the strengthening of the role of parliament. It is also planned to increase the role of parties and major changes in the electoral legislation. At the same time, all changes should be adopted in a referendum, and the constitutional reform itself will take place in the format of a national dialogue.
Mass protests continue in Belarus because of the official results of the presidential elections held in the country on August 9. According to the CEC, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, won on them. The opposition formed the Coordinating Council, but the authorities refused the dialogue. Later, mass arrests of Lukashenko’s opponents began in the republic, forcing those who remained at large to flee the country.