MINSK, 5 December (BelTA) – The recent parliamentary elections were open and competitive, with a great number of candidates standing for election, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he addressed members of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the sixth and seventh convocations on 5 December, BelTA has learned.
“The recent parliamentary elections saw genuine competition. There were even more candidates this time than in the previous election campaign,” the head of state said.
The president thanked all members of precinct election commissions. “There were more than 60,000 of them, civic-minded Belarusians who did their work altruistically and honestly under close attention of numerous international observers. There were a record high number of observers. We did not say ‘no' to anyone and welcomed all who wanted to come,” the Belarusian leader underlined.
“The choice made by Belarusians is another testimony to the stability of our society, its commitment to traditional values and determination to work and live peacefully,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
He added that the newly elected parliament members passed one of the most important tests in their life and he congratulated them on it. The president named the most distinctive features of the new parliament. New MPs are experienced executives and managers: workers of the agricultural industry and manufacturing sector, talented teachers, doctors, lawyers, judges, law enforcement employees, outstanding cultural workers, youth leaders and journalists. “By encouraging young people to take part in politics, we are shaping the future of our sovereign state,” Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced.
He drew attention to a substantial number of women deputies. “It is not surprising, as our women are active and, most importantly, responsible. They are ready to get involved in politics despite the burden of household chores and the time they need to spend on family, children and their health, education and upbringing. They have a better understanding of the most burning social issues we will have to deal with in the near future,” the head of state said.
“All in all, the new parliament represents the interests of people from all walks of life. I am convinced that his will help you address all your tasks successfully and meet the expectations of your voters,” the president noted.