10 Apr 2018 16:44

Lukashenko: Some presidential powers might be delegated to other govt branches in future

MINSK. April 10 (Interfax) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would not rule out the idea of delegating some presidential functions to other branches of government in the future.

"Some functions should be redistributed from the president to other branches of government," the BelTA state news agency quoted Lukashenko as saying in commenting on possible constitutional amendments at a meeting with representatives of state-run media on Tuesday.

Lukashenko warned, however, that the time for amending the constitution has not come yet. "I know for sure that this moment hasn't come yet," he said.

He had said earlier that Belarus would have to think one day about amending its constitution. In particular, Lukashenko proposed that the constitution stipulate a multi-party system in the country but called for taking a cautious approach toward this. He also suggested that some presidential functions might be delegated to the government and the parliament.