MINSK, 8 May (BelTA) – The parliamentary elections will be conducted in strict compliance with the laws and the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in his State of the Nation Address on 8 May.
“The country needs a strong legislative body and a strong parliament. Therefore the development of the parliamentary system is among the fundamental elements of the Belarusian democratic state,” Alexander Lukashenko assured.
In his words, the Parliament’s current convocation has played a crucial role in consolidation of the state. “The regular parliamentary elections are scheduled for this autumn. Of course it is important for the country to preserve continuity. If a part of MPs of the current convocation will make part of the new parliament, it will create the best conditions for continuation of this diligent legislative work,” the President noted.
“I guarantee you that the forthcoming election campaign will be held at an adequate level and in strict adherence to the laws and the Constitution of our country,” the President stressed.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, the current system of parliamentary elections in Belarus does not create problems in the society or for neighboring states. It has not been rejected by people and stays up-to-date. “Why break it today? Let us work on it gradually to improve it,” said the head of state.
Alexander Lukashenko assured that the President and the authorities hear the minority that exists in Belarus: “We hear, analyze but proceed from the demands of the vast majority of our society. This is how it will continue. We are ready to listen to voices from the European Union, America, Russia, but we will act as we think fit and for the benefit of its citizens. We will gladly borrow and adopt the best practices from the European Union that are acceptable to us. Not only in the economy but also in the political system. But everything will be done with no rush, in the interests of the Belarusian people,” the President said.
According to the President, the new Parliament should become a center of strong legislation. No automaticity in law making. However, when needed we have to overcome outdated approaches. Quality of law-making activities should be very high to ensure a real and long-term stability of the legislation. Yet, we still have have problems with that” the Belarusian leader noted.