Although he did not explain in detail what changes the new framework law could bring, Lukashenko acknowledged that the current political system in Belarus was authoritarian and that he was ready to build a system independent of the president’s personality, the state-owned agency BELTA reported.
Mr Lukashenko said he had also involved the Chief Justice, who represented the “most independent” judiciary, in drafting the new constitution.
Lukashenko has previously said that he could only agree to hold new elections if a new constitution was adopted. At the same time, he expressed a willingness to review the president’s mandate.
However, the authoritarian leader has ruled out a return to the 1994 constitution, which gave parliament much wider powers as it would be a “going back”.
Protests against the rigging of the August 9 presidential election, which has often escalated into protesters’ clashes with security forces, continue in Belarus. Thousands have been detained and several hundred injured in protests. Workers in many state-owned enterprises are on strike.
According to official results, Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, won 80.1% of the vote, while opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovska won 10.1%, but the opposition believes the election results are fake and Tikhanovska has won the election convincingly. The European Union also does not recognize the election results.