MINSK, 28 January (BelTA) – Two presidential terms are enough, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he took questions following his annual Address to Belarusian people and the National Assembly on 28 January, BelTA has learned.
The question of presidential terms is a hot topic in the society, one of the attendees said. After all, the new draft Constitution is supposed to limit the number of presidential terms to two.
Aleksandr Lukashenko explained that he is a supporter of two terms of the presidency. "It's a very heavy burden. If you really work hard, you will be exhausted after two terms. Remember that the age limit of 38 will be abolished. It's going to be a man in his 50s. Therefore, if he still works as president by the age of 70, it will be great," he explained.
"A lot of people will say 'What about you?' You know, that was how things went. Thank God that I made the appropriate decisions then. I had to act because the situation was such," the president said. The Belarusian leader explained that the question is not about the terms per se. "Today is not the mid-1990s, when shops were empty, when banditry was rampant in the county. We had a referendum. I took up the burdens of office in accordance with the Constitution, which is still in force today with amendments and additions. The situation is different now. Two terms are enough," he concluded.