Lukashenka’s symbols were illegal initially.
24 years ago a “referendum” was held in Belarus. It was initiated by Aliaksandr Lukashenka. The vote brought questions about the abolition of the white-red-white flag and the Pahonia coat of arms as state symbols, the abolition of the only state language status for the Belarusian language, economic integration with Russia and the president's right to dissolve parliament, Belsat journalist Volha Chaichyts writes.
The results of the 1995 referendum were not approved by the Supreme Soviet of the 12th convocation. It was done only by deputies of the Supreme Soviet of the 13th convocation in 1996. A few months later, Lukashenka took advantage of the right to dissolve the parliament obtained as a result of the referendum.
The current emblem and flag are symbols of today's power. It is unknown whether they will remain after it. But some deputies of the Supreme Council are sure that it is enough to adopt a resolution on non-recognition of the results of the 1995 referendum, as it was anti-constitutional, in order to return the white-red-white flag and Pahonia.
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