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14 March 2023, 09:02

MP explains why Belarusian People's Congress bill is so novel

MINSK, 14 March (BelTA) – Chairman of the Standing Commission on State Construction, Local Self-Government and Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives Valentin Semenyako gave his take on the importance of the bill on the Belarusian People's Congress as he talked to BelTA.

“We don't fit into any international legal systems that provide for a clear division of executive power, legislative power, and so on. Here we have elements of both representative power and legislative power, and even executive power in a sense. This is our reality, this is our vision of state building, this is our mentality. This is our tradition, this is our approach to social unity,” said Valentin Semenyako.

“Thus, the law on the Belarusian People's Congress came out comprehensive, very sensible and understandable. This much-anticipated bill was born the hard way, because we needed to came up with the most optimal wording, to figure out who will be responsible for what, to clearly divide functions and avoid discretionary interpretation,” the MP noted.

“Today, indeed, we have come to the conclusion that we have figured out the powers, what can be distributed and what cannot. The rest falls within the purview of by-laws that should also be regulated by this very important, fundamental law. The main topic - elections - is spelled out, the mechanism of work is spelled out, powers are spelled out, by-laws are based on the Constitution and this law,” summed up Valentin Semenyako.

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