The state is accumulating resources in anticipation of the presidential campaign

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April 22, 2016 18:43

For the first time since March 2012, the election rating of President A. Lukashenko decreased and constituted 34.8% at the end of the year - in accordance with the December poll by IISEPS.

 The drop in the president’s rating is due to the suspension of the policy of increasing incomes and social guarantees of the population in the second half of 2013. This year, the state tries to stabilize the economic situation in the country by way of seizing personal incomes and reducing the scope of social responsibility of the state. However, the Belarusian leadership hopes to go back to the policy of populism on the eve of presidential elections in 2015.

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The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.

Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.

Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.

In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.

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