The nomenclature continues its attempts to expand the political functions of "Belaja Rus"
At the extended meeting of the national council of the organisation, the chairman of the republican public association ‘Belaja Rus’ Alexander Rad’kov emphasised that so far, in Belarus, there is no political figure comparable with current President Alexander Lukashenko. Despite the fact that ‘Belaja Rus’ is a public association, representatives of the organisation targeted their regional structures at active involvement in the 2015 election campaign at all stages: starting with the formation of election commissions, through observation, nomination of candidates via collection of signatures and, finally, the canvassing campaign. It is noteworthy that the leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ announced their intentions to collect the required 100 thousand signatures in favour of the incumbent president within 5 days and cover all the polling stations across the country in terms of observation, which, under the existing conditions in Belarus, is a luxury that cannot be afforded by the majority of political parties on their own. The leadership of ‘Belaja Rus’ has harboured desires to occupy a niche of the ‘party of power’ within the Belarusian political system for many years. However, President Lukashenko is still afraid of consolidation of the interests of the nomenclature within the framework of one organisation and does not allow for the significant strengthening of political functions of ‘Belaja Rus’.
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.