‘No’ to political reforms in Belarus ahead of presidential elections
The National Academy’s Sociology Institute director Kotliarov said that a sociological poll would be held in Belarus concerning the modernization of the political system.
Usually the Belarusian government raises the issue of reforming the power structure ahead of the election campaigns. In this way, it provides a vent in society and stirs up controversies among the president Lukashenko’s opponents. The statement about modernizing the political system also coincides with the resumption of Belarus’ Western-oriented foreign policy. Yet such rhetoric has never resulted in any noticeable transformations for the political system. President Lukashenko has no real intention to make any changes in the Belarus’ institutional design ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.
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.