Minsk, February 12 : A referendum on amendments to the Belarusian Constitution may be held in January 2022 alongside local elections, President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday.
“I am certain that we will have a new draft of the constitution by the end of the year and will adopt this crucial legal document at a referendum within the next 11-12 months. We may tack it onto something, we have local elections, I think,” Lukashenko said.
According to the schedule of the election commission, the next local elections are scheduled to be held no later than January 18, 2022. Lukashenko proposed he was summing up the meeting of the people’s assembly, discussing possible constitutional amendments related to abandoning the principle of neutrality.
“[The assembly] touched upon one issue that is highly important, first of all for the president. Different people, both military and non-military, proposed enshrining in the constitution a principle that would be opposite to neutrality. There is no neutrality. Frankly speaking, we did not pursue a policy that would be rigidly bound to neutrality, perhaps it was even a violation of the constitution … Life changes, and we were forced to conform, as we believed it is impossible to change the constitution all the time. So, it seems we should discuss it with experts and present these demands in another manner,” Lukashenko said.