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MINSK, Aug. 1 (BelTA) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has given his views on the development of political parties by announcing personnel decisions, BelTA has learned.
When appointing a new rector of Polotsk State University, Alexander Lukashenko mentioned that the former director of the university, Oleg Romanov, was elected president of the public association Belaya Rus. “I appreciate that the former rector has agreed to be elected leader of, frankly, our largest party (we call it a public association, organization, but this well-organized and structured association actually acts as a party without violate the law),” the president said.
The Head of State noted that there are constant proposals to transform some public associations, including Belaya Rus, into political parties. “I’m not discouraging them from doing it (it’s up to them), but I’m warning them that there’s absolutely no need to rush through this process. You have to grow into it, take your time, proceed step by step. They agree with me,” the Belarusian leader said.
“Probably, after the adoption of the law on the development of political parties [most likely this refers to the bill on political parties that is to be considered by the House of Representatives], such a question will arise. I will not prevent that from happening. We will promote all public associations whose position is patriotic from the government’s point of view. If you support sovereignty, independence, your country, Belarus, it means that you are a statesman, a real Belarusian, we will support this position. There should be different points of view and so on, but everything should be in the interests of the state, should be constructive,” said Alexander Lukashenko.