Lukashenka may amend Constitution

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October 17, 2016 11:33

On October 7th, 2016, at a meeting with MPs from the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, President Lukashenka said: "We need to create a group of wise men, lawyers who could analyse the Basic Law. And if need be, we'll do it”. By this, the president meant amendments to the Constitution; apparently, not through a referendum, but through the Parliament. Experts suggest that changes could attribute to the party system, i.e. introduce the mixed-majority election system to the Parliament. In addition, they could include the death penalty issue and extend the powers of the current authorities. Exotic options include opportunities for a succession - election of the president through the parliament, which is rather a science fiction than a real option.

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