President Lukashenko enhances national security
Major General Leonid Dedkov has been relieved of his duties as the KGB Deputy Chairman by a secret presidential decree. Since early 2014, President Lukashenko has been reshuffling his regional law enforcement heads amid events in Ukraine and stronger anti-corruption rhetoric. As the presidential elections draw closer, Lukashenko’s keen attention to the security agencies will only grow. By permanent rotations and reshuffles in the security agencies’ management, and provoking competition between them, the president makes sure he has full control over the security forces.
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.