Ukraine, Kiev (AP) —A prestigious Belarusian leader changes the law on the succession of the president, saying that if his son dies at the National Security Council, which plays an important role, the power of Eastern European countries will be transferred. Stated.
Many observers have suggested that President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled with an iron fist since 1994, is aiming to establish a political dynasty, but Lukashenko denies this.
Lukashenko himself is the chairman of the National Security Council, but his eldest son, Victor, also has a seat and is considered an informal leader of the parliament.
Under current law, if the president becomes vacant, the prime minister will take over the authority of the president, but Lukashenko is Saturday, the prime minister is only a nominal leader, and all decisions are made by the 20 Security Council. Said it will be done. He said he would sign a decree to make changes in the near future.
Lukashenko faced months of massive protests calling for his resignation after being given a sixth term last year as a result of an election fraud in August.
Lukashenko has repeatedly claimed that the protests were instigated by the West. Last week Russia arrested two Belarusians allegedly leading an attempt to organize an assassination of a coup and Lukashenko. Lukashenko claims that the plot was backed by the United States.
On Saturday, he claimed that NATO plans to send troops to the country and take them to the Russian border in the event of a coup.
“Attacking Russia was the stepping stone I always told you. That was the first step,” he said.
Belarusian opposition leaders have expressed concern this week that Lukashenko may seek closer ties with Russia as power declines, losing sovereignty over 9.5 million people. Lukashenko visited Moscow on Thursday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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