MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – The work on policy making in furtherance of the new Constitution must be launched immediately, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Justice Minister Sergei Khomenko to receive his report on 21 April, BelTA has learned.
Sergei Khomenko was appointed Justice Minister some six months ago. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the load on the civil servants in Belarus is enormous, which means that the service term can be considered as twice as long.
“We agreed that you would take a fresh look at the Justice Ministry, and as a person who may not be so close to policy making and especially the control and organization of the policy making process, will think about the ways to improve the work of the Justice Ministry,” the president said. “I would like to hear from you what the situation is, what executive discipline is in your agency and how the personnel work. Human resources management has always been and will remain the number one issue. I want to hear your point of view on the matter.”
Along with Sergei Khomenko, Aleksandr Lukashenko invited Deputy Head of Belarus President Administration Olga Chupris to hear out her report.
The head of state recalled that amendments to the Constitution of Belarus had been recently adopted, thus creating “a new framework for the state in the area of law and lawmaking”. “Of course, we should have estimated long ago how many amendments, additions and laws we need to make to develop the Constitution adopted by referendum. This work should be started immediately,” the president said. “Both of you will have to deal with it in the first place. We will all be involved in the process because policy making cannot depend on two people or two agencies only. This is out of the question. The whole country should be involved in these processes.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko asked how the Justice Ministry saw this work and when it was scheduled to begin. The president noted that the legislation should be brought in line with the updated Constitution within two years. “We have to adopt the basic laws as soon as possible,” he stressed.