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29 Apr 2015

Lukashenko: Honest conversation between the government and the people will not be stopped in Belarus

Lukashenko: Honest conversation between the government and the people will not be stopped in Belarus

MINSK, 29 April (BelTA) – The policy of honest and sincere conversations between the government and the people will not be abandoned in Belarus. The statement was made by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in his address to the nation and the parliament on 29 April, BelTA has learned.

“We have always followed the way of direct and honest conversations between the government and the people. We will not abandon the rule in the future,” stressed the head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko reminded that the situation on the country’s currency market had calmed down a short while before. However, the economy growth rate has dropped, many enterprises have excessive stock in storage that they cannot sell.

According to the President, topical issues are more and more often discussed by mass media and the society. In particular, there are concerns why the government’s promises to deliver a certain level of the average salary have failed, why the development of the production sector is slow despite the considerable government aid and constant attention at all levels of the government. “But most importantly, people are waiting for an answer to the key question: what will happen next? What will happen to the exchange rate of the Belarusian ruble and the prices? What will happen to jobs at state-run enterprises and in the private sector? What new things the government can offer in response to the obvious crisis phenomena in our economy and the economy of our neighbors?” said the head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko admitted that these are complicated questions, which are often unpleasant. “The easiest way would be to forget about them and pretend that nothing is happening. But a truly strong policy is always based on sincerity. The honest recognition of the problem is half the solution,” believes the Belarusian leader.

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