Belarusian opposition is set to participate in parliamentary elections
Most political parties have started compiling lists of candidates for the Belarusian parliamentary elections, which are likely to take place in early autumn of 2016. Previously, most democratic forces representatives required amendments to the electoral law as a condition of their participation in the elections. Despite the fact that the electoral law is unlikely to change, Belarusian political parties seem to have changed their position in a constructive manner – most likely due to the failure of the boycott / neglect strategy, which was extremely popular in the democratic camp during the presidential campaign, and the relative success of the only opposition candidate, Tatsiana Karatkevich. According to preliminary estimates, democratic organisations collectively may nominate about 240 candidates. They do not plan to divide constituencies among them. In addition, the loyal to the authorities Liberal Democratic Party may nominate about 110 candidates (one for each constituency). All in all, if the authorities are not too harsh with cutting off bidders, in some districts, especially in big cities, up to seven candidates may compete for a deputy seat.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.