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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

of January 20, 2022 No. 14

About purpose of republican referendum

According to Item 1 of article 84 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus I decide:

1. Appoint to February 27, 2022 republican referendum on modification and amendments in the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus (the project is attached).

2. Submit for republican referendum for decision making the following question:

"Whether you accept changes and amendments of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus?".

3. The decision made by republican referendum becomes effective in 10 days after its official publication, is binding and is integral part of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.

4. The central commission of the Republic of Belarus on elections and holding republican referenda to organize holding republican referendum, to provide leading of its results and to exercise control of execution of the legislation on referendum.

5. To provide to state bodies, other organizations according to the Electoral code of the Republic of Belarus accomplishment of actions for preparation and holding republican referendum.

6. To provide to Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus financing of expenses on preparation and holding republican referendum based on the estimate provided by the Central commission of the Republic of Belarus on elections and holding republican referenda.

7. This Decree becomes effective from the date of its signing.

President of the Republic of Belarus

A. Lukashenko

Project

Changes and amendments of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus

1. State preamble in the following edition:

"We, people of the Republic of Belarus (Belarus),

proceeding from responsibility for the present and the future of Belarus,

understanding itself the full subject of the world community and confirming the commitment to universal values,

based on the inalienable right to self-determination, preserving national originality and sovereignty,

relying on centuries-old history of development of the Belarusian statehood, cultural and spiritual traditions,

approving rights and freedoms of man and citizen, foundations of the constitutional state and socially fair society,

wishing to ensure the peace and the civil consent, wellbeing of citizens, firmness of democracy, independence and prosperity of the Republic of Belarus,

we accept this Constitution - the Fundamental Law of the Republic of Belarus.".

2. To state part one of Article 4 in the following edition:

"Article 4. Democracy in the Republic of Belarus is performed on the basis of ideology of the Belarusian state, and also variety of political institutes and opinions.".

3. In part one of Article 5 of the word "to identification and expression of political will of citizens, participate in elections" shall be replaced with words to "realization and protection of the rights, freedoms and interests of man and citizen".

4. In Article 7:

after part one to add Article with part of the following content:

"The constitution has the highest legal force and direct action in all territory of the Republic of Belarus. Other legal acts are published on basis and according to the Constitution.";

the second after the word "persons" to add part with words ", the organizations and citizens";

in part four of the word "acts of state bodies are published" shall be replaced with words "legal acts are subject to official publication".

5. Third of Article 9 to state part in the following edition:

"The administrative-territorial structure of the state is determined by the law.".

6. In Article 10 part four to replace the word "loss" with the word "termination".

7. In Article 13:

third to exclude part;

in word part eight "the companies, the organizations and organizations" to replace with the word "organizations".

8. Add Article 15 with part of the following content:

"The state provides preserving the historical truth and memory of heroic feat of the Belarusian people in days of the Great Patriotic War.".

9. The second Article 18 to state part in the following edition:

"The Republic of Belarus excludes military aggression from the territory against other states.".

10. Add Article 19 with the offer of the following content: "The description of the state symbols and procedure for their use are determined by the law.".

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