Mr. President's Elections
Presidential elections are to be tomorrow in Belarus. The most known candidate, I think, is Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has been ruling the country for the last 16 years. What can I say about the person who is the President of my native country greater part of my life? (I'm not so good at math, but seems it's a bit less than a third part of his own life)
In 2005 the article 369 (1) was added to the criminal code of the Republic of Belarus. It stipulates arrest up to 6 month or deprivation of liberty up to 2 years for “sharing with a foreign state, foreign or international organization wittingly false information about political, economic, social, military or international situation in the Republic of Belarus, legal position of citizen of the Republic of Belarus, that is discreditable for the Republic of Belarus or its government (Discredit of the Republic of Belarus) ”... So I’ve turned to the Official Internet Portal of The President of The Republic of Belraus to be as accurate as possible telling about him. It says:
1. Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko is one of the most well-known politicians of the present-day Belarus.
2. On the 10th of July 1994, as a result of difficult election campaign involving five other contenders from the whole spectrum of the country's political forces, A.G. Lukashenko was elected the President of the Republic of Belarus.
3. A.G. Lukashenko is the Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Belarus Armed Forces; he heads the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus. He is Chairman of the Supreme State Council of the Union of Belarus and Russia.
4. Indeed, A.G.Lukashenko is a more radical reformer than others who are enjoying the reputation of reformers.
5. In September 2001 Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko was reelected President of the Republic of Belarus by the overwhelming majority of votes (75.65%).
In the Russian version we also can read:
• Referendums of 1995-1996 defined constitutional organization of the country, solved language problems, approved state symbols, in so many words supported union with Russia.
(It means that Russian language became state too; new State Flag (red-green instead of white-red-white) and new State Emblem were confirmed as well as changes in the Constitution.)
• People appreciated the President’s work and voted for his right to take part in the presidential elections-2006 at the Referendum in 2004.
6. Despite an unprecedented external pressure and the attempts by some countries to blatantly interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus, Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko scored a convincing victory at the elections in March 2006, in which 83 percent of the electors voted in his favour, and he was reelected as the Head of the Belarusian State.
There is a joke that according to the next new law, just those who already were a president at least 2 terms would have the right to take part in elections:) but don’t tell on me, please ;))
Status of the President:
From the Article 79:
• The President shall enjoy immunity, and his honour and dignity shall be protected by the law;
From the Article 84:
• have the right to abolish acts of the Government;
• have the right, in instances specified in the law, to defer a strike or suspend it for a period not exceeding three months;
The President shall issue decrees and orders on the basis and in accordance with the Constitution which are mandatory in the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
In instances determined by the Constitution, the President shall issue decrees which have the force of the law. The President shall ensure directly or through specially formed bodies the execution of the decrees, orders and instructions.
You can read more here.
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