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01 August 2022, 12:51

Lukashenko explains his choice of candidate for forestry minister's post

MINSK, 1 August (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko explained why he chose Aleksandr Kulik as Forestry Minister when he made new appointments on 1 August, BelTA has learned.

Before the appointment Aleksandr Kulik went up from a forestry foreman to the first deputy forestry minister. However, after several years of service he left the post and headed the Kobrin Experimental Forestry.

“Welcome back! This does not mean any conspiracy theories here,” the head of state said announcing Aleksandr Kulik's new appointment. “I understand that you did not agree with the former forestry minister on everything. This, however, does not mean that everything was bad in the forestry sector. There were a lot of good things, too,” he said.

“We all know very well what forest means to people. However, we need to control the situation there. I hope that you, Aleksandr Antonovich [Kulik] will not fail. My choice may seem somewhat unconventional: the person worked as the first deputy forestry minister, then gave up on everything and went to head a forestry. A very good forestry, I should say. You are a professional, as many people say about you. Everyone knows the mistakes of the previous authority and the unacceptable offenses committed by the former minister [Former Forestry Minister Vitaly Drozhzha was dismissed from his post in May 2022 for misconduct incompatible with holding public office]. I think you will draw the appropriate conclusions from this situation,” the Belarusian leader said.

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