‘True professionals’ wanted. Belarus MPs’ political stance doesn’t matter – Lukashenka

Alyaksandr Lukashenka, phot. by Unian.net

Parliament should be composed of true professionals regardless of their political leaning, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at Tuesday’s meeting met with the heads of the OSCE observer mission for the Belarusian parliamentary elections.

“I would like true professionals to be elected to the Belarusian parliament. It does not matter what political views they hold. Believe me, the Parliament should consist of people who can work and who can draft laws,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka as saying.

“Political views should help develop the country. If they do not, then this person is not a representative of the people,” he added.

Meanwhile, opposition leaders and activists failed to get registered as candidate for parliament. For example, on August 8, the district election commission refused to register Ales Lahvinets, the deputy chairman of the Movement “For Freedom”, as candidate for the House of Representatives’ election referring to “voters’ complaints”.

In late May, the Belarusian leader stated that Belarus’ election legislation complies with international principles.

On September 11, the 2016 parliamentary election is to be held in Belarus. More than 500 candidates are running for 110 seats in the House of Representatives.

Belsat TV will show Electoral Evening, a custom-made program dedicated to the event, at 20:00 (Minsk time).


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