Several opposition candidates to participate in presidential elections in Belarus
The initiators of the "People’s referendum" campaign aim to nominate their joint presidential candidate for the presidential elections in mid-April. Opposition leaders have finally abandoned attempts to finalise negotiations on the ‘single opposition candidate’ nomination. All the way through 2014, seven leading political parties and movements held consultations about the single candidate nomination. Before the election campaign kicks off, the opposition parties are likely to form electoral blocks and nominate candidates from each block. During the election campaign, the political parties will focus on strengthening their organizational structures in the framework of long-term strategies, rather than changing the current leadership via mass protests on the Election Day.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.