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22 October 2020, 15:24

Analyst: Belarusians should make the most of discussion platforms

MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) - Belarusians should make the most of the discussion platforms and to convey their views and positions, Aleksei Avdonin, an analyst with the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research (BISR), told the media. On 22 October he moderated the discussion on the amendments to the Constitution at the Belaya Rus headquarters, BelTA has learned.

"Today's event is one of the discussions that are held all over the country these days. The goal is to bring together members of the Belaya Rus association, to hear their opinions, and discuss the proposals that we have received. This will help us to understand the aspirations, needs and visions of citizens of the country. In fact, this is an important historical event and definitely everyone should make the most of these discussion platforms in order to convey their positions," said Aleksei Avdonin.

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According to him, citizens have sent many proposals on social, economic and political issues, on the work of law enforcement agencies, the judicial system.“For us, the main thing now is to properly formalize all the proposals, give them a legal interpretation and submit them to the structures that will be working on the amendments to the Constitution. It is of crucial importance that we involve in this process as many people as possible, make it a public process engaging all segments of the population,” the analyst said.

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Aleksei Avdonin emphasized that discussion platforms serve as an institute that helps unite people of different views. “They give everyone the opportunity to speak out and be heard, to formalize proposals as constitutional changes. The most important thing is to prevent these discussion platforms from turning into a formal thing, which brings together only officials or administrative workers. In this case, the platforms will not work and will not provide an opportunity for the Belarusian public to be heard. These platforms are not for the discussion of purely individual proposals. They are many. It is important to categorize all the proposals and develop a common vision of how the Belarusian people want to live in the future. This is the most important thing,” he said.

Photos by Oksana Manchuk

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