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18 March 2024, 12:34

Lukashenko: Belarusian People’s Congress should be solemn and substantive

MINSK, 18 March (BelTA) – Preparations for the first meeting of the seventh Belarusian People’s Congress were in focus of the meeting hosted by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.

Taking part in the meeting were senior officials of the Belarus President Administration, the chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, the head of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate and the head of the Secretariat of the Belarusian People’s Congress.

Speaking about various organizational matters related to the Belarusian People’s Congress, the head of state highlighted the importance and status of the upcoming event. Indeed, although this will be the seventh Belarusian People’s Congress, it will be its first meeting in the new status that was granted to it by constitutional amendments. “Yes, this is the seventh convocation, but it is special, it is constitutional. Therefore, it is very important to hold it at the highest level both in terms of format and content,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized. “It should be solemn and, most importantly, substantive.”

The nomination of candidates for the Belarusian People’s Congress has already begun, an organizing committee under the chairmanship of the prime minister was formed earlier, and a work plan for the first meeting of the Belarusian People’s Congress is being developed. “I know that you have discussed these issues twice, you have come up with certain proposals and suggest discussing them today with me,” the head of state said. “Let’s discuss the issues that you have come across during your work and make decisions on them.”

The president emphasized the need for thorough preparations for the meeting of the Belarusian People’s Congress and cited the presidential election in Russia as an example. “I’ll repeat once again that this event should be solemn and, most importantly, substantive. Just like the election in Russia, that was impeccable. So that no one will be able to find fault with us. Now we are in the focus of political attention. No turbulence is expected in or around Russia. But we are having the Belarusian People’s Congress. Our self-exiled opposition and the West will go out of their way to disorganize and hamper the meeting and the decision-making process- we should not give them such a chance,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

According to Prime Minister, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Belarusian People’s Congress Roman Golovchenko, everyone is interested in holding this significant event at a high organizational level. “As you have already said, this will be the first meeting of the Belarusian People’s Congress in a new status, and it will differ from all previous and subsequent ones, as it will discuss a number of organizational, primarily electoral matters, which is directly envisaged by the law,” he said.
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