LDP to remain constructive opposition after Gaidukevich's career ends
Sergei Gaidukevich has been re-elected as the head of the Liberal Democratic Party and his son is likely to run for the president. The LDP has proposed to combine the local elections and a republican referendum on changing the electoral system. In their view, domestic and international environment is favourable for a nationwide plebiscite, including the upturn in the Belarusian economy, the average wage growth and the presidential elections in Russia in March 2018. The LDP has demonstrated the desire to retain the party identity after Gaidukevich's political career ends and consolidate as constructive opposition.
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.