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03 October 2022, 17:14

Lukashenko wants local authorities to be more proactive

MINSK, 3 October (BelTA) – Heads of local governments should be self-starters, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he announced the appointment of new heads of district executive committees, BelTA has learned.

“When you begin to settle in your new job, you should not pressurize your team. Each of your subordinates should have a chance, the right to make some kind of mistake, so to say, but not a disastrous mistake. They should work and fulfill their duties,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said addressing the newly appointed heads of the local power vertical. “You should not seek advice or direction from superior authorities. You should be more independent, because you will have a huge responsibility,” the head of state said.

However, to be able to enforce decisions and bear responsibility for them, local authorities also need rights and powers, the president reasonably remarked. “You have received them today, so go ahead,” he said.

“It is necessary to convene the power vertical here somewhere at the beginning of the year (winter will be a calmer time) in order to discuss a very extensive agenda and make decisions on all the pending issues,” the Belarusian leader continued.

“Regional authorities will take personnel decisions and determine what powers they need in order to address unresolved issues and what powers can be taken away from them. The ultimate goal of this is to develop a completely new, different style of work,” the president said.

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