President follows vox populi when appointing local executive heads
President Lukashenka has appointed new Head of Kryčaŭ Executive Committee following protests by local population demanding his resignation. After mass protests in the spring of this year and before the local elections, the president has become more sensitive to local people’s needs in staffing policy, especially in cases of open discontent with local leaders. In August - September, the president replaced leaders in 15 districts, and rotated staff in the regional executive committees and departments across the country. In the view of the 2017/2018 election campaign, throughout summer the Belarusian leadership monitored, trained and strengthened weak links in the power vertical, especially in the regions.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.