Constitutional reform to allow Lukashenko to remain in power to 2035

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko casts his ballot at a polling station in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Proposed changes to Belarus's constitution might allow President Alexander Lukashenko to extend his rule of the country until 2035.

A draft document released by Belarus's authorities on Monday proposed amendments to the country's constitution that would bring back limits on presidential terms that had been abolished during Lukashenko's 27-year-long tenure, allowing presidents to only serve for two five-year terms.

But the move is also is a way for the man who first became President in 1994 to hold on to power for at least another 13 years .

If approved, the restrictions will only take effect once a "newly elected president" assumes office, which would potentially allow Lukashenko to run for two more terms from 2025.

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