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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In the Parliament of Belarus has let the opposition

Predictions that the West will be difficult to find fault with the results of the parliamentary elections in Belarus seem to come true. Elections, the results of which parliamentary seats for the first time in 20 years received two opposition, there was no objection to the numerous observers from the OSCE and PACE. The protests, organized by “skirmishers” of the riots of 2010 are unlikely to have consequences, experts say.

In the new Parliament of Belarus will include representatives of the opposition. This was stated on Monday the head of the Belarusian Central election Commission Lidia Yermoshina, summarizing the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections in the Republic.

“In the past, people with pronounced original political positions”

According to the CEC, the new composition of the house of representatives, the lower house of the National Assembly of Belarus held Anna konopacka (representing liberal-conservative United civil party, UCP) and Elena Anisim – Deputy Chairman of the “Belarusian language society” (“Belarusian language Society”). We would add that the lawyer and entrepreneur Anna konopacka was the richest among the candidates, she announced declared an income of 30 thousand Belarusian rubles (989 thousand Russian rubles).

As observers, for the first time in the last two decades, politicians who consider themselves opponents of Alexander Lukashenko, was presented in Parliament. According to preliminary data of the CEC, to the Parliament also includes representatives of parties loyal to the authorities – the Communist party, Belarusian Patriotic party, Republican party of labor and justice. In General, the Parliament became more a “party” that previously were not typical for Belarus. If earlier parties, even Pro-government, were barely represented in the legislature, and now the number of deputies elected on party lists, has exceeded 10%.

“The protest organised by the same person”

However, as noted in comments the newspaper VIEW, the Belarusian political scientist, analyst of the Center for strategic and political research, Yuri Tsarik, part of the opposition expressed dissatisfaction with the election results. The opposition called on their supporters to go to the rally on September 12 at 18.00.

“Organized a protest action with the requirement “to return the election” the same persons that participated in the riots Dec 2010 – in particular, the head of the unregistered Belarusian social democratic party (Narodnaya Hramada) Mikola Statkevich and a writer, the head of the movement “Tell the truth” Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu” – said the source.

However, the expert believes that this time things would end much more peacefully because the government is better prepared for such developments, and the company swung to a much lesser extent.

Under the supervision of Europeans

The West, which suspects have traditionally official Minsk in the rigging of elections, this time not in a hurry with criticism.

The elections were characterized by the presence of a large number of observers from abroad. In particular we are talking about the representatives of the European structures. According to the foreign Ministry of Belarus, the OSCE Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) arrived 341 observer, the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of the OSCE was represented by 39 people, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) – 19.

Europeans have not given official conclusions. Representatives of the Eurasian associations, in turn, talking about openness and transparency of the vote. So, the mission of the Shanghai cooperation organization (SCO) recognized the elections as exemplary. The head of observers from the CIS Executive Committee Chairman – Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergei Lebedev noted that the elections were more open and democratic than the previous one.

It will be difficult to find fault

The presence of the opposition in Parliament says that was taken into account different points of view of voters, stated in comments to RIA “Novosti” the first Deputy head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Vladimir Jabbarov. At the same time, adds the Senator, “in General citizens supported the policy pursued by the President of the country Alexander Lukashenko”.

According to the Senator, the presence of the opposition disciplinarum parliamentary majority, making their actions more responsible. He also stressed that “the presence of the opposition in Parliament says that was taken into account different points of view of the voters.”

Even critical Western observers would be difficult to find fault with the election, said yesterday in Minsk the head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots, head of the mission observing the parliamentary elections in Belarus from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia Leonid Slutsky

“While these are preliminary impressions: electoral practice and legislation have become better, closer to the people, many seemingly subtle nuances are talking about the fact that the electoral practice in the country a real, practical way is improved”, – quoted Slutsky, RIA “Novosti”. Head of mission stressed that positive changes are observed and ‘notoriously critical of”.

A place for discussion

Belarusian political scientist, analyst of the Center for strategic and political research, Yuri Tsarik indicates that in the new structure Natssobraniya Belarus more than 10% of the seats will be given to the parties. Previously, parties in Parliament were almost not represented. In his opinion, the new Belarusian Parliament will differ from the previous greater flexibility, will be a place for public discussions.

“The National Assembly of Belarus have been people with strong original political positions. For example, the head of the Belarusian Patriotic party of Ukraine is a radical Pro-Russian position, adheres to the concept of the Russian world. Elena Anisim, in turn, actively focused on the development of national culture, Belarusian language and Igor marzaliuk, for example, combines nationally oriented position with the Eurasian views,” – said the expert. He believes that pluralism in the new Parliament will improve its functionality.

Careful democratization

Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin, in turn, notes that judging the parliamentary elections in Belarus, the trend for democratization of Belarusian politics is, however, carried out very carefully. “Yes, as a percentage by party lists in the National Assembly has passed more than 10% of MPs, but in reality, this means only 18 people,” – said the expert newspaper VIEW. The expert also noted that it is not yet known how to behave in the National Assembly two conditional opposition to the newly – elected MP Elena Anisim and Anna konopacka.

In addition, Zharikhin does not expect any large-scale unrest and shares are dissatisfied with the results of the elections to the Belarusian opposition. “In Belarus is mainly the presidency, it’s in the Constitution, and so is the case in real life. The Parliament also decides a little something, so do not expect any serious unrest after parliamentary elections”, – he explained.


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