Belarusian opposition torn by conflicts and fight for resources before parliamentary elections
The trustee of the presidential candidate Tatsiana Karatkevich in the 2015 presidential elections, Jaroslav Bernikovich has made a statement about falsifications of signature sheets by the Karatkevich team. Analysts have noted an increase in tensions in the opposition camp as they fight for scarce resources. However, most opposition parties are not interested in the in the public discussion on this issue, since such suspicions were voiced in their regard in the 2010 presidential elections. Yet another row in the opposition will help keeping their ratings low, regardless of their involvement. As well, tension in the opposition circles is unlikely to have substantial influence on election campaigns by the opposition candidates, as their popular ratings are low anyway, so as the electorate’s interest in the elections.
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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.