Disunited opposition start to prepare for presidential campaign

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April 22, 2016 19:05

Despite statements made by certain oppositional leaders on nominating a ‘single oppositional candidate for presidency’, some oppositional organisations have already started their preparations for the election campaign.

At the same time, a number of oppositional leaders have voiced their presidential ambitions but most have chosen to keep a low profile and are yet to decide whether to participate in the election campaign while they attempt to accumulate resources for nomination during the time left. Most likely, the number of nominees will be defined by the availability of human and financial resources.

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Minsk attempts to make up for image losses from military exercises by opening to Western values
October 02, 2017 11:49
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The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.

Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.

Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.

In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.

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