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7 Sep 2015

PACE delegation to meet with Belarus parliament speakers

MINSK, 7 September (BelTA) – A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is expected to meet with Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich and Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko during their visit to Minsk on 8 September, BelTA learnt from the press services of the chambers of the Belarusian parliament.

The PACE delegation, which is due to visit Belarus on 8-9 September, will be led by Turkish MP Reha Demenec. The PACE delegation will also include Jonas Gunnarsson of Sweden, Marieluise Beck and Andrei Gunko from Germany and Andrea Rigoni of Italy. As was informed, the PACE delegation should have been headed by Armenian MP Arpine Hovhannisyan. However, on 4 September she was appointed as Armenia’s Minister of Justice and will not be able to visit the Belarusian capital.

Earlier, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina stated that on 9 September she has a scheduled meeting with PACE rapporteur on Belarus Andrea Rigoni.

In early July, PACE appointed observers for the presidential election in Belarus. There was decided then that the mission would comprise 27 politicians from five parties, including their deputies. The team of observers will include current PACE rapporteur on Belarus Andrea Rigoni. Observers represent various countries, including Sweden, Switzerland, Romania, Italy, Austria, Spain, Turkey, Armenia, France, Germany, the UK and other states.

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