President’s Address deferred to later date
The President’s State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian People and National Assembly has been deferred from its scheduled date of April 19th. According to Pavel Legky, the Head of the Presidential Press Service, this is due to the President rejecting the draft Address prepared for him.
Mr. Lukashenko has asked for policies tackling privatisation and the country’s foreign affairs to be revised. He particularly wishes to see the inadmissibility of too ‘liberal’ approach regarding the sale of state property. He is firmly against ‘avalanching’ privatisation, wishing to ensure that the interests of workers and citizens are protected during possible privatisation of enterprises. As far as foreign policy is concerned, the President is against severe reactions to the problems arising in relations of Belarus with its partners. Recently, Mr. Lukashenko has given extra time to sessions tackling privatisation and foreign policy, making a range of key statements.