Uzbekistan

limiting presidential terms is a return to the “dashing 90s”

On the eve of the presidential elections scheduled for August 9 in the country, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko attacked his political opponents. He called rivals advocating reforms as well-paid “foreign agents” who are trying to return Belarus to the “dashing” 1990s and make a “gift to the crime.”

Lukashenko has rejected calls for a return to the 1994 constitution, which limited a person’s right to serve as president of the country for two terms.

“The appeal of the alternatives to make changes through a return to the dashing 90s and return the 1994 Constitution is a gift to criminals, a gift to the criminal business,” Lukashenka said, speaking in parliament on 4 August.

Alexander Lukashenko, who was elected president in accordance with that Constitution, said that “there can be no return to the dashing 90s.”

Authoritarian leader Lukashenka has been in power for 26 years, and most analysts believe he is likely to win the election thanks to a combination of fraud and repression against voters.

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters have been gathering daily in support of presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in recent weeks. Tikhanovskaya, 37, was supported by Lukashenko’s opponents, potential presidential candidates who were not allowed to participate in the elections.

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