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28 September 2021, 11:40

Lukashenko outlines controversial points in draft new Constitution

MINSK, 28 September (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko outlined controversial points in the draft new Constitution as he reviewed preliminary results of the Constitutional Commission's work at its extended session on 28 September, BelTA has learned.

"I cannot but dwell on the controversial points. There are no transitional provisions on how the government bodies will work after the adoption of the Constitution (if the fundamental law does not provide for it, we need to incorporate the transitional provisions to avoid vacuum), how the Belarusian People's Congress will be formed, how the Commissioner for Human Rights will work? Of course, we can incorporate references to laws and regulations. This is a normal practice. But it would be good if these fundamental things should be enshrined in the Constitution. The draft does not have a clause on decrees. In this case, what will happen to the decrees already issued? We can convert them into laws. I don't think it is a big problem. But, nevertheless, experts say that there might be issues here. The draft does not have a mechanism regulating the conduct of elections on a single voting day following the early dissolution of the Parliament," the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that he did not list all the issues, there are many more of them. "In short, we have something to discuss. We must approach carefully the proposals that, for one reason or another, have not made it to the draft Constitution. In addition, I am sure that more proposals will be submitted during the national discussion,” he said.

The president considers it right to involve legal experts in the work to fine-tune the draft Constitution. They will finalize the text in a short time taking into account the results of the national discussion, and will eliminate legal contradictions, he said. “Yet, they should not work alone. This is a collective effort that should involve experienced people, especially government officials. Lawyers cannot write the Constitution alone. This effort should involve practitioners, people working with these issues on a daily basis. Meanwhile lawyers, having discussed certain issues, can legally formulate all things correctly," the Belarusian leader said.

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