MINSK, 31 March (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko held a working meeting with Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly Natalya Kochanova on 31 March to discuss preparations for the forthcoming presidential election, the current economic situation in the country, and measures to stem the spread of viral infections, BelTA has learned.
“There are a number of issues we need to discuss. These include political issues as 2020 is the year of the presidential election. Economy is our biggest concern for now. This issue will not go anywhere. We need not only to discuss but also make arrangements for the presidential election. We have no reasons to postpone it, as some here (either enemies or opponents) tell us. Political issues will not go anywhere. We need to discuss them,” the head of state said.
As for the economic situation in the country, Aleksandr Lukashenko said that Belarus does its best to make sure domestic companies work and people get paid. “Here I follow the Trump formula. I liked his recent statement very much. He said that if we do not start working immediately (he said this addressing the Americans, the country where the US dollar is printed, the world's top economy), more people will die from unemployment and hunger than from coronavirus. He is right. We need to work and use every possible option to save ourselves from this crisis,” the Belarusian leader said.
The president added that the topic of viral infections needs to be kept on the radar, too. “We are at its peak now (this is my own feeling based on the digital analysis of morbidity). I pray to God that we will overcome it by Easter,” he said.
According to the head of state, with the ongoing fight against the spread of the coronavirus, the country should not forget about many other categories of patients who need medical care as well.