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24 April 2024, 14:11

Belarusian People’s Congress kicks off in Minsk

MINSK, 24 April (BelTA) – The 7th Belarusian People’s Congress is taking place in Minsk on 24-25 April, BelTA has learned.

The session is held in the Palace of the Republic under the motto “Time has chosen us!”

The Belarusian head of state is expected to make a speech. The delegates are set to consider organizational issues related to the operation of the Belarusian People’s Congress and also take a look at the documents important for the country.

The Belarusian People’s Congress is the supreme representative body of the people's power of the Republic of Belarus, which determines the strategic areas of the development of society and the state, ensures the inviolability of the constitutional system, continuity of generations and civil accord. In other words, it is a collective mind designed to choose the best option for the country's development, to stabilize society at all stages of its development and to exercise serious popular constitutional control over all processes in the country.

In line with its new status, the Belarusian People's Congress is envisaged to convene at least one a year, not every five years, as it was before. The Belarusian People's Congress term of powers is five years.

The Belarusian People’s Congress is vested with the right to approve the main guidelines on domestic and foreign policies, the Military Doctrine, the National Security Concept, approve programs designed to guide the social and economic development of the Republic of Belarus, hear out reports from the prime minister on the fulfillment of programs on social and economic development of the Republic of Belarus. The Belarusian People’s Congress also has the right to initiate laws.

Decisions of the Belarusian People’s Congress are binding and can abolish legal instruments, other decisions of government agencies and civil servants that contradict national security interests except for court rulings.
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