The controversial Belarus president has claimed that women are incapable of managing a top job like running a country as he does, because it is too hard for them, and they would most likely “collapse”.
Alexander Lukashenko, 65, dubbed ‘Europe’s last dictator’, made the comments in the run-up to the presidential elections being held in Belarus on 9th August.
Lukashenko, who is running for a sixth term in office having won every presidential election since 1994, appeared to suggest in an interview that leading Belarus would be too hard for a woman.
He said: “Our constitution is so complex that even a man can hardly handle it. But if we load it on a woman, the poor woman would collapse.”
MPs and presidential rivals slammed his comments, causing Lukashenko to explain: “They are trying to say I am against women now. I didn’t make that comment because I do not respect women, I only meant to say that it’s a difficult job.
“If it wasn’t for women, I wouldn’t be president now.”
According to local media, there are 15 candidates running to be Belarus president with three women among them.
Netizen ‘Adsky Don’ commented: “Women usually deal with difficult situations way better than men. It was quite a silly comment to make.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lukashenko said that concerns about the pandemic were a “frenzy and a psychosis” and that going out in the field and working with tractors, drinking vodka and going to saunas could prevent people from infection.
The reckless world leader also blasted the international coronavirus response — refusing to shut down sporting fixtures claiming that sport is the best anti-virus remedy in comments that will send chills through medical experts.
He even told a journalist: “It’s better to die standing on your feet than to live on your knees.”