Belarusian authorities bolster anti-corruption campaign to discipline local authorities
Last week, the Investigative Committee detained chairs of Chashniki and Rogachev district executive committees on suspicion of corruption. In the midst of the presidential campaign, the Belarusian authorities have initiated another round of the anti-corruption campaign against the authorities in the regions. Anti-corruption cases have been launched against the most unpopular regional leaders, which will certainly have a positive effect on the ratings of the Belarusian leadership. In addition, before the campaigning stage starts, the central authorities will attempt to discipline local authorities and encourage their active involvement in ensuring the necessary elections results.
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.