Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko does not intend to give power to the opposition.
"The opposition are evil people who are thinking now whom they will send to prison and whom they will stab after I step down," Alexander Lukashenko said at a press conference for journalists of Russian local media.
"If the opposition labors the issue into the ground, I will use it as a reason to extend my term of office," Alexander Lukashenko specified.
According to the Belarus president, "the question is not to be president or not to be president, to keep his power and get the third term of office. Belarus president does not want Belarus people to accuse him of having been unable to control the situation." "Even if I step down I will do it through Belarus people, I want them to tell me at a referendum: no, Mr. Lukashenko, you won't get the third term of office," Alexander Lukashenko said. "If I find it possible to nominate for presidency in the next elections it will not be against Constitution." "Meanwhile, now it is too early to make a decision as only half of the term passed," he stressed.
Alexander Lukashenko assured that he did not think there would be any political battles in the near future.