MP Anna Kanopatskaya is attempting to expand communication channels between society and authorities
MP Anna Kanopatskaya has proposed that people send their questions to the government through her. Previously, the authorities thwarted the opposition's attempt to introduce amendments to the Electoral Code through their representative in the parliament and failed to share the results of work of the interdepartmental working group led by the Central Election Commission on this issue. In addition to political claims, the opposition is attempting to use its MP to put pressure on the authorities regarding controversial issues of concern for some population groups, such as urban development and construction in the capital city. So far, there were no tangible results from such pressure, however, it has allowed to create an additional communication channel between society and the authorities and prompt officials to become more open to demands of the population discontent with the state policy.
President Lukashenka continues to rotate staff and rejuvenate heads of departments and universities following new appointments in regional administrations. Apparently, new Information Minister Karliukevich could somewhat relax the state policy towards the independent media and introduce technological solutions for retaining control over Belarus’ information space. New rectors could strengthen the trend for soft Belarusization in the regions and tighten the disciplinary and ideological control over the student movement in the capital.
President Lukashenka has appointed new ministers of culture and information, the new rector of the Belarusian State University and heads of three universities, assistants in the Minsk and Vitebsk regions.
The new Information Minister Karliukevich is likely to avoid controversial initiatives similar to those former Minister Ananich was famous for, however, certainly within his capacities. Nevertheless, the appointment of Belarusian-speaking writer Karliukevich could be regarded as the state’s cautious attempt to relax environment in the media field and ensure the sovereignty of national media.
The Belarusian leadership has consolidated the trend for mild Belarusization by appointing a young historian and a ‘reasonable nationalist’, Duk as the rector at the Kuleshov State University in Mogilev. Meanwhile, while choosing the head of the Belarusian State University, the president apparently had in mind the strengthening of the ideological loyalty among the teaching staff and students at the main university in order to keep the youth movement at bay. Previously, Korol was the rector of the Kupala State University in Grodno, where he held purges among the disloyal teaching staff.
The trend for the renewal of mid-ranking executives and their rejuvenation has confirmed. The age of the Culture Minister and three new rectors varies from 39 to 44 years old.