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23 Jun 2015

Belarus parliament to decide on presidential election date on 30 June

MINSK, 23 June (BelTA) – Members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will discuss the appointment of the presidential election date during the session on 30 June. The relevant matters were discussed at the government conference held by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 23 June to discuss topical domestic policy matters, BelTA has learned.

The head of state reminded that the Central Commission on Elections and Republican Referendums had suggested 11 October 2015 as the date for holding the presidential election. “I believe that the parliament will back the Commission’s proposal and the election will be held on 11 October,” noted the Belarusian leader.

In response to remarks and criticism voiced by the government’s opposition regarding the idea of holding the presidential election one month earlier, Alexander Lukashenko said: “What do you mean earlier? Only the parliament has the right to choose the date. As far as I understand the parliament has never mentioned any date. The Central Election Commission has only mentioned the deadline for holding the presidential election,” noted the head of state.

“And today we assume that the presidential election will be held on 11 October if the parliament decides so,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

“I am told that members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly will discuss the matter at the session on 30 June and will make the final decision regarding the date of the event,” said the President. He added that now is the time to take care of preparations for the election.

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