All-Belarusian People’s Assembly may adopt unpopular economic decisions
The draft of Socio-Economic Development Programme for 2016-2020 will be presented to the delegates of the 5th All-Belarusian People’s Assembly. Previously, the Assembly, as a mobilisation instrument, was always held before the presidential elections. In 2015, the Belarusian authorities decided holding it in the post-election period most likely due to the lack of appealing economic development plans for the next five years. President Lukashenka may attempt to enlist the support of the executive to make some unpopular economic decisions, which, however, would not endanger the overall architecture of his power, but will meet the requirements for the IMF loan.
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.