When Alyaksandr Lukashenka started to appear with his youngest son in public, the boy was smaller than a ballot box. But this summer he has made his first public appearance on his own.
On August 31, Mikalai (Kolya) Lukashenka turns 11 years, and over the last seven of them Belarusians have been arguing round his status.
“Taking into account the way [state-run]media show Mikalai Lukashenka, he seems to have been assigned to a role of the so-called ‘crown prince’, Ales Lahvinets, a political scientist, said.
The unofficial ‘royal prince’ regularly participates in his father’s meetings with heads of other states, foreign visits, plays hockey, and this year he has even reviewed a parade with commander-in-chief shoulder straps. In short, he does all that his father does.
“In this sense, Alyaksandr Ryhoravich [Lukashenka] is not original. In the village a son inherits a house from his father, and Belarusian ‘Father’ wants to pass this house ‘Belarus’, which he considers as his property, to his son,” Belarusian film director Yury Khashchavatski says.
According to the author of movie ‘The Ordinary President’, Lukashenka is now actively paving the way to make the nation accept his successor.
A similar opinion was previously voiced by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was indignant at Lukashenka’s behavior.
“He took Kolya by hand and is preparing a succession. And he does not even hide it, as if we had the Kingdom of Belarus there,” Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union, said.
The question of the succession of power in Belarus is very often raised by foreign mass media. In his turn, the Belarusian leader has repeatedly and consistently denied such an option.
“He will have the power after Lukashenka who will win it in the election,” he stressed.
After which Lukashenka – he has never specified. However, a part of the electorate is already ready to accept the fact that the youngest lukashenka will take part in the election some day.
Residents of the Belarusian city of Babruysk told Belsat about how they perceived the idea of the Lukashenka dynasty:
“Let him learn and gain experience. He might be a good leader. ”
“If he is able, if he has confidence, let him.”
“Why not? His father will teach him.”
And his father will definitely hand power over to him, as once the father of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, or, for example, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did. And one can probably leave the situation in both countries run by the successors without comment.