Belarusian opposition is attempting to resolve internal conflicts before 2016 parliamentary elections

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April 22, 2016 19:45

Most Belarusian opposition organisations have created a standing council of Belarusian democratic institutions. The creation of a common negotiation platform to coordinate opposition activity has not yet affected the plans of ex-political prisoner Statkevich and his colleagues to hold the Congress of Democratic Forces in mid-May. Yet another attempt to put together one more ‘single list of candidates’ for participating in the parliamentary election campaign in 2016, is likely to raise tension between the two opposition camps. Due to the lack of institutional and human capacity, the Congress initiators and the structured opposition are likely to engage in a row over regional leaders and oppositional activists. The said common negotiating platform aims to remove tension between the oppositional leaders, but so far does not envisage deeper cooperation among them.

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