MINSK, 7 July (BelTA) – The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus needs to bring all laws in line with the new Constitution in 2022-2023, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko told reporters after he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.
According to him, in connection with the adoption of the new Constitution, the House of Representatives plans to discuss 90 bills, of which eight have already passed the first reading, and 17 have passed the second reading. “We should complete this work by 1 January 2024, so that we will be able to hold elections to the House of Representatives combined with elections to local councils on 25 February 2024 and convene the Belarusian People's Congress within the subsequent 60 days,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.
According to him, during the last session the MPs considered 60 issues. “The forthcoming 9th session will be just as intensive. A very broad range of issues is to be discussed. This includes bringing legislation in line with the Constitution and dealing with a number of economic issues, and redistributing powers between state bodies,” Vladimir Andreichenko noted.
The parliamentarians will need to maintain momentum, and this is what the head of state demanded during his meeting with the chairman of the House of Representatives.
“Particular attention will be paid to the development of new bills, such as the bills on the Belarusian People's Congress, civil society, amendments and additions to the Civil Code. This work is already underway. One variant of the bill on the Belarusian People's Congress has already been prepared, it is undergoing approval procedures. I think after consideration by the president this bill will pass the first reading in September,” Vladimir Andreichenko informed.
According to him, the head of state also wanted the comprehensive discussion of these bills and told the MPs to make sure that they “make use of the good tradition of people's lawmaking, like it was during the discussion of the new Constitution draft”.