MOSCOW, March 9 – RIA Novosti. The Belarusian authorities are now ready to “hear people” and take steps within the framework of political reform, said Russian Ambassador to Minsk Dmitry Mezentsev.
“Today we see a change in rhetoric, the readiness of the Belarusian authorities to hear people. I believe that even larger and deeper steps will be taken in this direction, especially since this is required by society, this is required by the external situation,” he said on the air of RBK TV channel. Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia
According to the ambassador, “time will tell” how the work on the draft of the new Constitution of Belarus will proceed.
After the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, in Minsk and the regions they were associated with riots. During the dispersal, the security forces used special means and special equipment. The authorities have officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters. On February 11, the KGB of Belarus announced that the situation in the country had stabilized, the peak of the protests had passed, their manifestations had practically disappeared.
Lukashenka promised to amend the constitution after the protests. According to him, a draft of a new basic law of the country will be developed, which will be submitted for consideration by citizens for a referendum. The opposition, in turn, stated that they have their own draft electoral code and a draft constitution. According to the current norms, the president is the head of state, is elected for five years, the number of terms is not limited.
Speaking at the All-Belarusian Assembly, Lukashenko drew attention to the fact that under the new constitution many laws will have to be reformatted, the legislative base changed, but it will be possible to do this within the next year. However, Lukashenka noted, the main thing in this process is not to rush and “not break the woods.” Protests in Belarus