The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko links a possible increase in salaries of civil servants with the reduction of the number of unnecessary functions they perform.
The Head of State said this at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
With regard to state structures, they are poor in this country. Civil servants are poor, and you agree with that. But I said to them: until they remove extra functions and therefore reduce the number of people in administrations, there will be no salary increase. Even if this bears a threat of a coup, as you often say. You say that Lukashenko's team is masterminding some coup, they will overthrow me soon. Better to overthrow me but if I see this necessity, I'll do it anyway. The difference is in timing.