President Lukashenka publishes his election program
The incumbent president Aliaskandr Lukashenka published his election program titled “for future of independent Belarus”.
In his program, Lukashenka points out that there are two ways in front of Belarus – that of ‘unity, development, agreement and progress’ and another one that of “chaos of the 90s, bandit capitalism, and loss of independence”.
Lukashenka pointed out his five main tasks – to keep Belarus independent, save peace and order in the country, give every person a right to earn money for a decent life, develop Belarus as a social state, and lead Belarus to the group of the most developed countries in the world.
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.