Lukashenko Suggests To Transfer Some Presidential Powers To Belarusian People’s Congress

Alexander Lukashenko proposed to make the Belarusian People’s Congress a constitutional body. He stated this during a visit to the Stolbtsy Central District Hospital on Tuesday, 8 December, Lukashenko’s press service reported.

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“I don’t know whether you will support it or not, but I think the Belarusian People’s Congress should become a constitutional body. We need to have such a body that would supervise the main directions of our development,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

According to Lukashenko, the agenda of the Belarusian People’s Congress will be finalised after the Christmas holidays. The event will take place in late January-early February next year.

“We need to approve a five-year plan, the way we will be moving in social and economic development. The main thing is the economy and we will work on it. People should know the goals for five years ahead. The second issue is politics. You suggested it yourself: the Constitution and so on,” he said.

He also proposed to elect delegates to the All-Belarusian People’s Congress for a five-year term. They will work on a voluntary basis. At the same time, their role and status will significantly increase: speakers of parliament, ministers and governors will be accountable to them.

“If we remove some duties from the president, they must be transferred somewhere. These powers are not suitable for the government and parliament. Where to hand them over? We must look for such a body. And we have the All-Belarusian People’s Congress. Therefore, some powers will have to be transferred. If we dilute the powers of the president and give them to the parliament, government, ministers, governors, there will be a complete mess, which we went through in the mid-90s. 

Therefore, we need an organ that would instantly stabilize everyone. It will speak on behalf of the people, labour collectives. This is not a repetition of the deputy corps: they will be elected the same way they are elected now. I am in favor of you making decisions on everything. The people need to decide,” said Lukashenko.

Recall that the 6th All-Belarusian People’s Assembly is to be held in January-February. Traditionally, representatives of different branches of government, heads and employees of enterprises, representatives of companies from all regions come to the two-day meeting. They discuss the achievements in the country’s development over the previous five years and forecast documents for a new term.

Earlier it was reported that this time constitutional amendments will be presented at the “people’s council”. Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said: the difference between the upcoming people’s congress and the previous ones is that not only issues of the country’s socio-economic development, but also the socio-political development of Belarus will be brought up.