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Lukashenko guarantees contemporary elections in Belarus after new structure is adopted through nationwide referendum

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Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been defiant in defending final week’s controversial election victory, has all of the sudden relented, saying new elections may very well be held – however solely after a brand new structure is adopted.

In a seeming about-face, Lukashenko instructed placing employees in Minsk that he would conform to a brand new vote – each parliamentary and presidential one – however solely after the nation adopts a brand new structure through a referendum. He didn’t point out any particular time-frame when it may occur, although.

“That is what’s going to occur… We have to undertake a brand new structure – that’s what you wished,” he stated whereas taking dealing with a crowd of placing employees. “You want to undertake it through a referendum since this was how the earlier structure was accredited. Underneath this new structure, elections may very well be held – parliamentary, presidential and native – if that’s what you need.”