Updated at 11:50,16-10-2017

Lukashenka: I may become university professor after leaving my office

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Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Friday that he might join the teaching profession after his presidential career was over.

The best position for me is rector of a higher education institution, and I wouldnt mind being a professor, Mr. Lukashenka said while speaking to students, graduates and faculty of Belarusian State Teachers Training University.

Let me finish my career, and, health permitting, I will become and professor and will teach with pleasure, he said, according to the government`s news agency BelTA.

Mr. Lukashenka was born in the village of Kopys, Vitsyebsk region, in August 1954. He graduated from the history department of Mahilyow Teachers Training Institute in 1975. He also studied by correspondence at the Horki Agricultural Academy in the Mahilyow region and graduated from it in 1985.

Mr. Lukashenka came to power in 1994 as a result of a presidential election generally recognized as democratic. All subsequent presidential polls in Belarus have been declared neither free nor fair by the international community.

Mr. Lukashenka is widely viewed as Europes last dictator. The Belarusian leader made it clear in numerous interviews that he would not hesitate to use violent force against anyone who attempted to unseat him.