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