Two opposition candidates – Alena Anisim (Belarusian Language Society) and Hanna Kanapatskaya (United Civic Party of BelarusCPB) – got into the lower chamber of Belarus’ National Assembly.
Hanna Kanapatskaya is a lawyer and the director of a law firm. Her competitors were Tatsiana Karatkevich (‘Tell the Truth’ civil campaign) and Alyaksandr Drozhzha, the director of the railway station ‘Minsk-Pasazhyrski. Independent media called the latter a pro-regime candidate and the most probable winner.
Alena Anisim has been working at the Institute of Language and Literature of the National Academy of Sciences since 1991. She is a deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Language Society named after Frantsishak Skaryna. She also hosted the program “Belarusian Language” on TV station ONT.
In the run up of the parliamentary election, Alena Anisim took part in pre-election debates on the Belsat TV: