MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – During the national seminar-conference held on 10 June to discuss new methods and forms of public communication at the grassroots level Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made a few remarks about the development of the political party system in the country, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Right things were said about party construction here. You know my cautiousness in this regard. As an experienced man I know what a political party is, I know errors of party construction and errors of the party. This is why I am approaching this matter with great care. We don't want to repeat the experience of other countries where the government creates a party and you understand what kind of an attitude people show towards it.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko went on saying: “I would like this movement to grow mature from the grassroots level. We've done a lot for it. This is why we will take a number of substantial steps at the level of the parliament and at the level of practical actions soon. Party construction in the country has to happen.”
The head of state warned: “If some party leaders think that tomorrow we will give them a slice of the state budget… Well, guys, don't count on taking money from pensioners, there is no money to spare for you.”
“And start it today. Once you get a go-ahead, you should register your parties and work,” he noted.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also stated: “We will fight against those parties, which endeavor to destroy the country. The justice minister is a general and will not let any charlatan bent on destroying the country pass. Regardless of what parties those will be, parties from the east, from the west, or from the north. We are an independent country. We should act in our own interests, and there can be only such parties. At least as long as I am the president.”