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President of
the Republic of Belarus
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Alexander Lukashenko

since 20 July 1994
Residence Independence Palace, Minsk
Presidential Residence, Minsk
Appointer Popular vote
Term length Five years
renewable optional
Inaugural holder Alexander Lukashenko
20 July 1994
Formation Constitution of Belarus
Salary ~25,000 annual

The President of the Republic of Belarus (Belarusian: Прэзідэнт Рэспублікі Беларусь, Russian: Президент Республики Беларусь) is the head of state of Belarus. The office was created in 1994 with the passing of the Constitution of Belarus by the Supreme Soviet. This replaced the office of Chairman of the Supreme Soviet as the head of state. The tasks of the president include executing foreign and domestic policy, defending the rights and general welfare of citizens and residents, and upholding the Constitution. The president is mandated by the Constitution to serve as a leader in the social affairs of the country and to act as its main representative abroad. The duties, responsibilities and other transitional clauses dealing with the presidency are listed in Chapter Three, Articles 79 through 89, of the Constitution.

The term for the president is five years, but due to a 1996 referendum, the election that was supposed to occur in 1999 was pushed back to 2001. Under the 1994 constitution, the president could only serve for two terms as president, but due to a change in the constitution, term limits were eliminated. During the course of the office, elections were held in 1994, 2001, 2006, 2010 and on 11 October 2015. Alexander Lukashenko has been the only person who has served as president since the elections in 1994. The Presidential office is located in the Republic Palace in Minsk, while the presidential residence is located in Zaslawye (Заслаўе), Minsk District.

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