Belarusian opposition will fail to agree on single list of candidates for parliamentary elections

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July 25, 2016 23:57

The centre-right coalition, which includes ‘For Freedom’ movement, the United Civil Party and the organizing committee of the ‘Belarusian Christian Democracy’ party, is planning to hold a congress of democratic forces, which would become a joint start in the upcoming parliamentary election campaign. The event will be instead of, or in opposition to the street action, called the Belarusian National Congress, which was organised in May 2016 by Nikolai Statkevich. The centre-right coalition has declared its intention to nominate their candidates in 95 constituencies of 110. This means, that Statkevich’s initiative to create a shared list of democratic candidates will not materialise. Former presidential candidate Tatyana Karatkevich, leader of ‘Tell the Truth’ campaign Andrey Dmitriev, Ales Lahvinets from ‘For Freedom’ movement and Aliaksei Yanukevich from the Belarusian Popular Front have already announced their participation in the upcoming parliamentary campaign.

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