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09 May 2021, 09:41

Belarus' Security Council given supreme authority in case of president's death

The Palace of Independence is the seat of the president of the Republic of Belarus. An archive photo
The Palace of Independence is the seat of the president of the Republic of Belarus. An archive photo

MINSK, 9 May (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed Ordinance No.2 “On protecting the sovereignty and the constitutional order” of 9 May 2021, the president's press service told BelTA.

In line with the document if the head of state dies as a result of an assassination, an act of terrorism, external aggression, or other violent acts all the government agencies and their civil servants will have to abide by decisions of the Security Council, which sessions are presided over by the prime minister.

A state of emergency or martial law will be declared in Belarus immediately then and the Security Council will have to define a list of measures to enforce these states.

The Security Council's decisions will be binding for everyone and will be subject to unconditional execution.

The organization of elections will be the key matter. Assisted by oblast governors, the Security Council will decide on the organization of the elections.

The ordinance is designed to preserve the country's independence and sovereignty.

The ordinance comes into force as of the moment it was signed.

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