Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko offers to hand over power after referendum
Belarus president, leader since 1994, says he has too much power
Belarus - Referendum vote on new constitution
BELARUS: VOTE COUNTING BEGINS IN CONTROVERSIAL REFERENDUM
A referendum on allowing President Lukashenko to stand in further elections was held in Belarus on 17 October 2004, alongside parliamentary elections. Lukashenko was nearing the end of his constitutionally-limited two terms, and the change would allow him to run for a third term. The result was 88.9% in favour, with a turnout of 90.3%.