Alexander Lukashenko to vary legislation in order that nationwide safety council, the place his son performs outstanding function, assumes energy in occasion of a president’s loss of life whereas in workplace.
Belarus’s longtime chief Alexander Lukashenko has mentioned he’ll change the legislation on presidential succession in order that the nationwide safety council, the place his son performs a outstanding function, assumes energy within the occasion of a president’s loss of life whereas in workplace.
“Inform me, if there isn’t a president tomorrow, would you assure every little thing goes to be high-quality? No,” President Lukashenko instructed reporters on Saturday throughout a go to to areas affected by the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in April 1986, in keeping with the Belta information company.
“I’ll signal a decree about how the ability in Belarus might be arrange. If the president is shot, the subsequent day the safety council will get the ability,” he mentioned.
Many observers have steered that Lukashenko, who has dominated with an iron fist since 1994, goals to ascertain a political dynasty, though he denies this.
The president himself is the pinnacle of the nationwide safety council, however his eldest son, Viktor Lukashenko, additionally has a seat and is considered its casual chief.
Underneath present legislation, the prime minister takes presidential powers if the presidency turns into vacant, however Lukashenko mentioned on Saturday that the premier could be solely the nominal chief and all choices could be made by the 20-person safety council.
Months of protests
Lukashenko final 12 months confronted months of huge protests calling for him to step down within the wake of an allegedly rigged election in August that gave him a sixth time period in workplace.
State authorities responded to demonstrations with pressure, with tens of hundreds of individuals detained and a whole bunch sentenced to prolonged jail phrases. Practically all main opposition figures are in jail or exile.
Lukashenko has rejected the rigging claims and repeatedly alleged that the protests have been fomented by the West. Final week, Russia arrested two Belarusians who allegedly have been main an try and organise a coup and Lukashenko’s assassination. Lukashenko claims the plot had backing from the US.
On Saturday, he claimed that NATO deliberate to ship troops into the nation if the coup occurred, bringing them to the Russian border.
“It was a springboard, I all the time instructed you, to assault Russia. It was step one,” he mentioned.
Belarusian opposition leaders this week voiced fears that Lukashenko would search a lot nearer ties with Russia as his energy wanes, resulting in a lack of sovereignty for the nation of 9.5 million folks.
Lukashenko travelled to Moscow on Thursday for a gathering with Russian President Vladimir Putin.