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25 Apr 2020

Belarus president explains delayed address to nation, parliament

Belarus president explains delayed address to nation, parliament
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PETRIKOV DISTRICT, 25 April (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has explained when his address to the parliament and the nation might take place and why it had been delayed although it was initially supposed to take place in mid-April. Aleksandr Lukashenko talked to reporters when he was taking part in the national cleanup day on 25 April, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “There is a great deal of questions that are hard to answer today or are impossible to answer at all. Due to the current situation, due to the psychosis that has evolved. Due to various political forces inside countries trying to exploit it for some political goals, which is inadmissible. And most importantly there is economic uncertainty all over the world.”

For instance, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that oil prices even went below zero recently. “It has never happened and it is odd. This oddness disappeared later on. Nevertheless, it did happen,” the Belarusian leader noted. “A number of questions we cannot give answers to today. And if we try, it will be only some projections. And we need precise projections. It is impossible to make them today. This is why some time is needed in order to analyze all the processes going on in the country and abroad and tell the nation something then.”

The president explained that his address to the nation and the parliament had been postponed for some time. “I was thinking I could expand the scope of the address, make it more strategic, merge it with the program of the incumbent president. It is one of the ideas. I came up with it only recently. Maybe something else will come to mind as well,” he said.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, usually a presidential address draws attention to some points of this year and makes some sketches for the future. If it is merged with the president’s election program, it will be possible to take a peek beyond the horizon into the forthcoming five-year term. “I think other candidates will do that,” the head of state believes.

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