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04 August 2016, 16:26

Elections 2016. Lukashenko: The election campaign in Belarus proceeds calmly

BRASLAV DISTRICT, 4 August (BelTA) – The election campaign in Belarus proceeds calmly. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement while talking to mass media on 4 August, BelTA has learned.

Representatives of mass media asked what the head of state expects from the campaign meant to elect members of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament. Alexander Lukashenko was also asked to evaluate the parliament's performance. The President said: “I recently mentioned positive things in the work of our parliament in the address to the nation and the parliament. Back then I thanked the MPs, who have been working for the last four years.” Alexander Lukashenko went on saying that the fact that Belarusian MPs “work in a professional and calm manner without shouting and screaming” is the greatest merit of the Belarusian parliament.

A parliament is made up of people, who are supposed to create laws. In turn, lawmaking requires certain training, an amalgamation of knowledge and experience, stressed Alexander Lukashenko. “I know it because I worked as an MP for four years,” noted the head of state.

According to the President, Belarusian MPs are good at making laws. “If you take a look at what is going on around us [in other countries], you will see MPs literally fighting each other with fists, or you will see some political agenda, or parliamentarians in the pocket of oligarchs, or MPs who win elections by throwing money at it,” stressed the head of state. He stated that there is nothing like that in Belarus. “Nobody will be able to win parliamentary seats in exchange for money, no rich people will insert their pocket MPs. It has not happened and is not likely to happen. It is the greatest merit and accomplishment of our parliamentarism and of our parliament,” stated Alexander Lukashenko.

“Our parliamentarians are very close to their voters. The fact represents a colossal advantage of our parliament,” the President is convinced. He went on saying: “The election campaign proceeds calmly. The candidates have been nominated, they are being registered now. The fact that more than six people intend to fight for one parliamentary seat is a good indicator, I am very glad it is so. It means that there will be competition.”

Alexander Lukashenko said he believes that it is necessary to fully use the potential of the MPs, who will not be re-elected. He promised that all of them will get jobs if they accept the offer.

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