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More power, lifelong impunity: Lukashenko wants to vote on the constitution in February

2022-01-20T20:19:29.345Z

The Belarusian despot Lukashenko wants to strengthen his position with a controversial referendum. Opposition leader Tichanovskaya is calling on citizens to invalidate ballots at the ballot box.



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Alexander Lukashenko is accused of the most serious crimes against humanity

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Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko has scheduled a controversial constitutional referendum for February 27.

The 67-year-old signed a decree on the referendum that would decide whether to accept or reject the new constitution, his administration in Minsk said.

Critics warn that the ballot could be falsified.

Lukashenko is trying to gain new legitimacy by imitating a referendum, according to a letter signed by opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya to governments and parliaments in the West and to international organizations.

Tichanovskaya called on the EU, the USA, Great Britain and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) not to recognize the "illegal" referendum and to issue new sanctions against "Lukashenko's regime".

Tichanovskaya speaks of a non-free vote

In addition to his far-reaching powers, Lukashenko now wants to give the entire Belarusian People's Assembly almost unlimited powers and, in all likelihood, make himself its chairman.

Lifelong impunity is also planned for Lukashenko, who is accused of murder, torture and other most serious crimes against humanity.

Tikhanovskaya believed that voting in the conditions of political repression and unfree media was impossible.

Lukashenko had recently closed non-governmental organizations and had hundreds of dissenters locked up.

The opposition urged the people of Belarus to invalidate ballots at the ballot box.

Lukashenko is not recognized by the EU as President.

The presidential election in summer 2020 is considered fake.

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Source: spiegel

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