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16 January 2021, 12:59

Opinion: Belarusian People's Congress is a form of direct democracy

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MINSK, 16 January (BelTA) – The Belarusian People's Congress is materialization of direct and outright democracy, Professor Valery Bainev, Doctor of Economics at Belarusian State University, said in an interview with the SB. Belarus Segodnya newspaper, BelTA has learned.

“We must clearly understand that genuine democracy is long gone in the West. The entire world has seen that the United States has turned from a stronghold of democracy into a stronghold of totalitarianism. All our fugitives, having left for the West, naturally embrace the Western rules of the game. At the same time, super-oligarchic structures absolutely reject countries in which democracy still remains. The Belarusian People's Congress is exactly a form of the most direct and outright democracy. It is not surprising that our fugitives in the West immediately do a flip-flop and begin to attack genuine democracy, real democracy, unacceptable for big business. In fact, attempts to discredit the Belarusian People's Congress are part of a political plan to destroy democracy on the planet,” the professor said.

Vadim Borovik, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Belarusian Committee of Youth Associations, recalled that the Belarusian People's Congress offers a discussion of important milestones in our country's development. “This tool has been in use for decades. And those who are against holding such a congress, first of all, are against social stability and public dialogue in the Belarusian society. This is not what they want, they are not ready to sit down at the negotiating table. When a person lives on the territory of another state, receives support from foreign politicians and security forces, this person's views will certainly be biased. First of all, they will get in line with the interests of the country that finances this person,” the expert emphasized.

Yegor Makarevich, Chairman of the Youth Parliament at the National Assembly believes that the avalanche of criticism around the Belarusian People's Congress is another proof of its extreme importance. “What is happening today around the Belarusian People's Congress, attempts to discredit it by Belarusian protesters living abroad, once again confirm the fact that this nationwide forum is indeed a landmark event in the social and political life of our state - both from the point of view of the issues that will be raised there, and from the point of view of the further development strategy and tactics of our state,” the young parliamentarian added.

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