Belarus leader: change constitution to prevent opposition from taking power

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MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called on Tuesday for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power, the state news agency Belta reported. President since 1994, Lukashenko has touted constitutional reform as a way out of the political crisis following a disputed election in August 2020. But his opponents have denounced such change as a sham exercise to keep the veteran leader in office. Backed by Russia, Lukashenko unleashed a violent crackdown to disperse the protes…

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