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21 February 2018, 09:23

Belarus' local elections: Almost half of new councilors are women

MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) – Almost half of the positions on the local councils of the 28th convocation are now held by women, BelTA learned from the website of the Belarusian Central Election Commission (CEC).

Women accounted for 48.20% of the newly-elected deputies. Nationals aged under 30 made up 3.98% of the total, citizens of the Russian Federation – 0.12%. Deputies of the local councils of the current convocation retained 55.94% of the seats.

The majority of local councilors are engaged in sectors such as education, culture, science, and healthcare – 5,546 people, or 30.62% of the total. The agricultural sector is represented by 3,870 people (21.37%), government bodies – by 2,398 people (13.24%), industry, transport, and construction – by 1,521 (8.4%). Among the new councilors are 303 (1.67%) businessmen; 708 (3.91%) representatives of trade and public services; 644 (3.56%) law-enforcement bodies and military service; 485 (2.68%) pensioners.

As for the political parties, the newly-elected local councils now have more representatives of the Communist Party of Belarus (305) and the Republic Party of Labor and Justice (127).

A total of 18,110 deputies were elected to the local councils of Belarus: 57 – to the Minsk Council of Deputies, 352 – to the oblast local councils, 3,766 – to the district local councils, 370 – to the oblast municipal local councils, 242 – to the district municipal local councils, 98 – to the community local councils, and 13,225 – to the rural local councils.

As CEC head Lidia Yermoshina announced earlier, the newly-elected local councils will embark on work in a month following the elections, maybe even earlier. By mid March all the local councils will be operating in full swing.

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