Meeting with Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko

    President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko on 20 July.

    During the meeting, the head of state was briefed on the results of the seventh session of the House of Representatives, its international activities, plans for the near future.  The President said the activity of the Belarusian Parliament was "a calm quiet work aimed at creation”. Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled that during this session the Parliament adopted a serious humanitarian act: the law on amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders.

    At the seventh session, the MPs announced the date of presidential elections, gave the start to the election campaign. In this regard, the head of state urged the MPs to intensify work in constituencies, including interaction with local authorities to address the problems of people.

    In his words, MPs should join the process and “explain people the most difficult moments of the campaign.” It is also necessary to avoid populism and empty promises during the election campaign.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko assumed that during this period “there will be a lot of criticism toward the state, including our society.” “MPs are experts and politically active people. They should explain their voters any complex issues or proposals of our opponents,” the head of state believes.

    Lots of promises are made during a presidential election campaign. Whoever is elected will have to fulfill them," he continued. “I am sure that even if another person is elected, people who work now will remain in their positions. After all professionals and civil servants do not fall from the sky. This is a very complex process to train a public servant, a government official. Therefore, many will keep working even someone else comes to power, maybe even a person from the opposition,” he said.

    The President stressed that the Belarusians can be fooled with pre-election promises. "You will not tell tall tales to our people. But some will still try. MPs must be the people who will protect our society from unfounded hopes. Time is difficult now. Nothing is done for any particular reason, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted. “The world is becoming a more complex place, and it is not so easy for us to adapt and to adjust in this complex world. But it is our problem, the problem of the authorities, and we are doing our best to adapt. The MPs should help with explanations of these or other positions to our people,” he noted.

    "A member of parliament is a person who enjoys the confidence of the people, and he should be talking to people. You should not give unfounded promises to people and cheat them. We must avoid this,” the President concluded.