Meeting with Chairman of House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko to discuss the personnel potential of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament, its law-making and international activities on 25 January.

The head of state wanted to know about the law-making activities of the parliament and asked to characterize its composition from the point of view of the personnel potential. “I would like you to characterize the parliament. Please compare it with the parliaments you have been working with before. What trends do we have? Are there promising people?” Aleksandr Lukashenko wondered. “You know that the parliament is the foundation of the future. People are tested there. What can you say about people working in the parliament? Can they further work as civil servants on different posts? The level of an MP is a very high level.”

The President also touched upon the international activities of MPs. He spoke not only about the international contacts in law-making. “There is also a big economic component, and a diplomatic one,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

The National Assembly of Belarus has formed 73 working groups on cooperation with the parliaments of other countries, 13 delegations for interaction with international parliamentary organizations, and commissions for cooperation with the parliaments of Ukraine and Armenia.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also commented on the discussions regarding the concurrence of the two election campaigns in 2020 as he met with Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko on 25 January.

“There are many different opinions regarding the concurrence of the parliamentary and Presidential elections. Of course, we are not going to elaborate on it right now, but you also have a point of view. In your opinion, what can be a way out?” the head of state wondered.

“I want to say that we should be honest here. Some people from the fifth column say in mass media, especially on the Internet, that Lukashenko will have early elections to buy time or something,” the President said. “Nonsense. I have never played with such things and I will never do it.”

“When we make a decision on holding these elections separately or at the same time (I would like to know your opinion), we will inform about it in advance so that government bodies and all people willing to become members of the parliament and presidential candidates could prepare for it. We will not deceive anyone,” the Belarusian leader stressed.