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What was the main event for Belarus President in 2016?

The Belarus President talked with reporters on the eve of New Year. The year is coming to an end, so the media, of course, asked what the President thinks about the outcome of the eventful 2016.

The year was very rich in various events in Belarus and around the world. This is the victory of Trump and the doping scandals, the Panama papers and Brexit. What event was the most important for Belarus in 2016? What has or maybe will have the biggest impact on us?

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
The most important event was the fact that these things, these scandals you mentioned did not affect our country. We have not “touched” the doping scandals, and the political events connected with Donald Trump have not affected us. That's what I think is the most important thing. In general, what comes to my mind is children. For the first time in Belarus' history, the birth rate exceeded mortality. So, this suggests we are improving. That is the main event of 2016 for me.

Photo: Official Internet portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus

What is the main event for Belarus President in 2016?