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20 Oct 2015

Belarus president: Old ways will not work in the new five-year term

Belarus president: Old ways will not work in the new five-year term

MINSK, 20 October (BelTA) – In the new five-year term it will be impossible to work the way the government used to work in the past. New practices will be implemented as part of the country’s development. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement at the government conference held on 20 October to discuss topical aspects of the country’s development, BelTA has learned.

Speaking about the goal and purpose of the government conference held on 20 October, Alexander Lukashenko stressed: “I will try to lay it down honestly and sincerely. Every head of a government branch and every top civil servant — those who want to work in the new five-year term — will have to prove their ability to govern upon their appointment.” The head of state remarked that the new five-year term begins on 1 January and will have to implement new practices. This is why the government faces special requirements.

“It is particularly true for the central government, the presidential administration, the Security Council, and power-wielding agencies. I’ve already mentioned branches of power. It will be impossible to follow the old ways. Not only because times have changed. Primarily because I will demand it,” stressed the President.

Alexander Lukashenko mentioned that close attention will be paid to oblast governors along with members of the central government. “Because economy is the key matter, on which the country’s sovereignty and security depend. And the central government, oblast governors, and their subordinate government agencies take care of economy in Belarus. This is why you — everyone, including those not appointed by the president — will have to present specific plans of your actions. Top civil servants will have to do it before they are appointed. All the other ones will have to do it over a specific period as I see fit,” said the head of state.

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