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