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09 April 2021, 14:47

Permanent residency mentioned as requirement for creating political parties in Belarus

Oleg Slizhevsky
Oleg Slizhevsky

MINSK, 9 April (BelTA) – There are plans to allow only citizens, who permanently live in the country, to create a political party. Belarusian Justice Minister Oleg Slizhevsky made the statement after a government conference hosted by the head of state on 9 April to discuss the operation of political parties in the country, BelTA has learned.

According to Oleg Slizhevsky, only Belarusian citizens can found and be members of a political party according to the current legislation. The bill provides for allowing only Belarus citizens, who permanently live in the country, to found a political party.

The official added that the same norm will apply not only to founders but members of the political party, too.

“It is a universal international practice. A political party is an organization that participates in the formation of organs of power inside a country. It should not get financing from abroad and thus be affected by foreign influence,” the official stressed.

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