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24 January 2022, 09:01

Miklashevich: No overlap of powers of Belarusian People's Congress and other bodies

Piotr Miklashevich. An archive photo
Piotr Miklashevich. An archive photo

MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – All branches of power, including the Belarusian People's Congress, will interact while addressing the most important tasks facing the society and the state, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Piotr Miklashevich told the STV TV channel, BelTA informs.

“One of the goals of the constitutional reform is to increase the efficiency and sustainability of public authorities. For these purposes, the constitutional amendments provide for a certain redistribution of powers between the president, the parliament, and the government. The Constitution will define the Belarusian People's Congress as the highest representative body of people's power, with significant constitutional and legal powers,” Piotr Miklashevich said.

He recalled that the Constitution draft proposes to give the Belarusian People's Congress developing, consolidating, stabilizing functions.

The first function enables the Belarusian People's Congress to determine the development strategy for the society and the state, approve the program of social and economic development, and supervise the progress in implementing the program.

To be able to perform its second function, the Belarusian People's Congress will be made up not only with representatives of all branches of government, but also with many members of local councils of deputies and civil society.

The third function implies that the Belarusian People's Congress will have significant powers, such as the ability to rescind regulatory legal and other acts of any government agency that run afoul of the national security concept, the ability to introduce a state of emergency or martial law, if necessary, to approve a military doctrine, a national security concept, etc.

“These powers do not overlap with powers of other government agencies. Some powers were transferred from the president and the parliament. All branches of power, including the National Assembly, will work together to address the most important tasks facing the society and the state,” Piotr Miklashevich emphasized.

He added that the Constitution is a special social contract governing the relationship between the individual, the society and the state, the system of state power. “This is our domestic matter. And the opinion of international observers does not play any major role”.

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