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24 April 2024, 14:40

Lukashenko: Belarusian People’s Congress delegates are the national conscience

MINSK, 24 April (BelTA) - Delegates of the Belarusian People's Congress are the national conscience and the voice of the people, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he addressed the 7th Belarusian People's Congress in Minsk on 24 April, BelTA has learned. 

“Delegates are the voice of the people, their collective mind. You are not just a general assembly. You are the national conscience; you are the voice of the people. You have no right to make a mistake. You have the right only to loyalty and devotion to your country and our people. Your mission is to serve for the future of Belarus,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.

According to the head of state, with the acquisition of the constitutional status the role of the congress and the competence of the delegates has increased many times. Today the Belarusian People’s Congress approves all the main program documents that determine the economic development and security of the country – all the strategic issues.

“Of course, delegates should understand what these documents say and be able to explain everything to people. They need not just explain but to involve society in the political discourse. We cannot do it without it today. If we do not talk to our people about the global goals of the state development, others will do it for us,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized. “It is the common understanding of the national strategy that should unite and make us stronger.”

Another important and new task of the Belarusian People's Congress is to address personnel issues. “Now you, delegates of the Belarusian People’s Congress, will elect judges of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, members of the Central Election Commission,” the president said.

The Belarusian People’s Congress has the right to convene extraordinary meetings and decide whether to declare a state of emergency or martial law. “Let us hope there will be no such need, but the mission is more than responsible. Even recognizing the legitimacy of the elections is in your hands. I mean the validity of all the elections conducted in the country. All your decisions in the hierarchy of the country's legal acts will take the highest position and become generally binding. All citizens, all bodies and institutions of power will have to fulfill them,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“What is more, the Belarusian People’s Congress has received exclusive powers to suspend the decisions of any agency or official. Thus, the congress will serve as a protective buffer against possible dangerous processes that go against the interests of society and the state,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.
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