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7 Dec 2020

Lukashenko: Those who want more power will also get more responsibility

Lukashenko: Those who want more power will also get more responsibility

MINSK, 7 December (BelTA) – The main principles of the operation of the state in 2021-2025 will be determined at the All-Belarus People’s Congress, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss the performance of the economy in 2020 and the draft forecast documents for 2021, BelTA has learned.

The government and the National Bank have submitted a package of draft forecast documents to the president. In order to get comprehensive opinions and to coordinate approaches with the heads of local authorities, the head of state has convened a meeting with the participation of high-ranking officials, vice premiers, ministers, governors.

“I have always emphasized and want to reiterate the following thing: if the government and the parliament decide that these documents which will be formalized in laws and decrees of the president are preferable for the development of our country, and that it will meet the interests of local authorities represented by governors, then so be it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“We are boldly and quickly making various forecasts and decisions. But, as practice shows, we have not implemented them in recent years. Therefore, we will have a long talk. Decisions will be made and formalized in laws and decrees of the president. We will synchronize watches every six or nine months, and if you fail to fulfill our goals, you will leave your posts. No offence, let’s just agree on that once and for all.”

“Everybody is saying that we need to redistribute authorities. I have always added: we will redistribute authorities, give additional powers to those who lack them. But those with additional powers will also get additional responsibilities. In this case this is the most democratic scheme, all democratic states have such the schemes: the government submits a document for consideration, the parliament approves it, if it is a law, the head of state signs or rejects it in case any principles determined at the All-Belarus People’s Congress are violated. The main principles of the operation of our state in 2021-2025 will be determined at this congress of people. This is an absolutely transparent, beautiful and democratic scheme,” the president said.

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