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09 July 2020, 19:43

Lukashenko: All the changes will start with the Constitution, not maidan riots

MINSK, 9 July (BelTA) – The matter of updating the country's Constitution was mentioned as Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with representatives of the largest mass media on 9 July, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “As we try to improve things, we should start with the Constitution. If we start with maidan riots, we will cross out our history. Both our tolerance and prudence will go down the drain. This is why we should create a new Constitution. Yes, a lot of time has passed, certain changes are in order. Truth be told, you will have to tell me what changes you need.”

Speculating about the idea, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that approaches and proposals may vary, including the redistribution of authority. “But we have to understand that, first, we will have to bear responsibility for it. Second, we should not allow a clash of the branches of government. I've been through that myself,” the head of state noted.

“We've stepped away from it. This is why we should take our heads in hands and, as we create the new Constitution, clearly understand what we want, what the country should be like. I am ready for anything. Except losing sovereignty and independence. This is why it is up to you to decide. All the changes will start with the Constitution, not maidan riots. And I will try to do my best to prevent these riots,” the president concluded.

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