BNF and BSDP(H) undergo changes
The Congress of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) party will be held on September 30th, which should elect a new chairman. Its current leader, Alexi Yanukevich cannot be nominated for the third time, according to the party Charter. Changes in the BPF leadership are unlikely to change the current configuration in the opposition, and the BPF will remain outside the coalitions. Similarly, the departure of more than 100 activists from the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) is unlikely to affect relations in the democratic camp, albeit it would strengthen Tell the Truth, the centre-right coalition and the Belarusian National Congress. Each political centre is likely to preserve its agenda.
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.