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23.09.2016

Belarus, USA sign intergovernmental agreement for first time in 20 years
Belarus, USA sign intergovernmental agreement for first time in 20 years Belarus and the United States signed an intergovernmental agreement for the first time in 20 years. It concerns the protection and preservation of cultural values. At the signing ceremony, Belarus was represented by foreign minister Vladimir Makei. Mr Makei is now in New York at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. It is this very platform that became the site of a series of bilateral talks.

21.09.2016

Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei meets with Pentagon’s representatives in New York
Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei meets with Pentagon’s representatives in New York Belarus and the USA discussed the cooperation in the military sphere. In New York, Belarusian Foreign Minister met with the representatives of the Pentagon. The discussion was related to establishing the dialogue between military institutions of Belarus and the USA in the face of the increasing tension in the Eastern European region. In addition, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei took part in the solemn opening ceremony of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.

20.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to decide on future of integration projects
Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to decide on future of integration projects On September 20, Alexander Lukashenko addressed the question concerning the future of common projects of Belarus and Russia at the meeting with Grigory Rapota, the State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State.
Alexander Lukashenko: deputies of previous convocation should be in demand
Alexander Lukashenko: deputies of previous convocation should be in demand The deputies of the previous convocation should be in demand. This was discussed at the meeting of the President and chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Andreichenko discussed the future meeting of the deputies of the 5th and 6th convocations.

19.09.2016

New elected members of Belarus' Parliament
New elected members of Belarus' Parliament The Central Election Commission has announced the results of the parliamentary elections in Belarus. This is the case when there are two compositions of the Parliament. Present members haven’t left the Parliament yet. New members are already elected but haven’t started their work yet. About 75% of Belarusian voted during the elections. It’s a very high result for the European country. For instance, in Croatia, only 52% of people came to polling stations during their parliamentary elections.
Topical issues discussed at Council of CIS Heads of State
Topical issues discussed at Council of CIS Heads of State Everything changes in the world and everything is interconnected, even the ozone hole over Belarus is connected the ozone hole over the North Pole. All countries in the world are connected with each other willingly or unwillingly... Wllingly, 25 years ago, the former republics of the Soviet Union created the Commonwealth of Independent States. There are different opinions on the effectiveness of the CIS, but the fact that the union hasn’t fallen apart during 25 years says a lot. President Lukashenko took part in the Council of Heads of States of the CIS that was held in Bishkek.

15.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: further development of CIS countries’ economies depends on level of integration in field of customs affairs
Alexander Lukashenko: further development of CIS countries’ economies depends on level of integration in field of customs affairs The development of the economies of the CIS countries depends on the level of integration in the sphere of customs affairs. That was an announcement made by Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko at the 64th meeting of the Council of Heads of the CIS Customs Services. Belarus was one of the countries that established the CIS. The most important goals were to create favorable conditions for the development of economic and trade relations and the movement of citizens from one country to another one.
Minsk Executive Committee publishes new details of election campaign in Belarus
Minsk Executive Committee publishes new details of election campaign in Belarus On September 14, the Minsk Executive Committee published new details of the election campaign. It is known that there were elected 10 men and 10 women in Minsk. All of them have higher education. There are diplomats, experts in the industrial sphere, doctors, businessmen and teachers among them.
Lilia Ananich: Calls for misconduct to remain voice crying in wilderness
Lilia Ananich: Calls for misconduct to remain voice crying in wilderness The Minister of Information of Belarus has answered the questions about the parliamentary campaign of the program Week on the CTV Channel. If we speak about Internet sources, on the day of the elections there were some calls for inappropriate actions, despite the fact that it was banned. What do you think about it?
Heads of customs services of CIS countries to meet in Minsk on September 15
Heads of customs services of CIS countries to meet in Minsk on September 15 A common approach to the get-up of goods, the information security, and changes in the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods. The heads of custom services of the CIS countries will discuss the most urgent problems in Minsk on September 15. There are more than ten issues on the agenda connected with the development of the cooperation between partners. Moreover, there will be a solemn event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the foundation of customs authorities in Belarus.

14.09.2016

Belarus’ President meets with CSTO Secretary General
Belarus’ President meets with CSTO Secretary General On September 13, Alexander Lukashenko met with Secretary General of the CSTO Nikolai Bordyuzha. Next year Belarus will hold the Presidency of the CSTO. Belarus is preparing for that and counts on the support of the authorities.
Alexander Lukashenko discusses results of parliamentary elections with Alexander Kosinets and Sergei Lebedev
Alexander Lukashenko discusses results of parliamentary elections with Alexander Kosinets and Sergei Lebedev The atmosphere of the 2016 parliamentary elections allowed people to express their opinion freely. That was the conclusion made during the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with head of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Kosinets. Sergei Lebedev, the head of the observatory mission of the CIS told Alexander Lukashenko about the transparency of the parliamentary elections and compliance with all democratic regulations.
Transparency of elections and compliance with democratic regulations: Alexander Lukashenko meets with Sergei Lebedev
Transparency of elections and compliance with democratic regulations: Alexander Lukashenko meets with Sergei Lebedev The Head of the observatory mission of the CIS told Alexander Lukashenko about the transparency of the parliamentary elections and compliance with all democratic regulations.

13.09.2016

Vadim Devyatovsky: I want to disagree with opinion that Belarusian MPs were inactive
Vadim Devyatovsky: I want to disagree with opinion that Belarusian MPs were inactive Candidate for the House of Representatives of Belarus Vadim Devyatovsky spoke on the talk show What’s Going On.
Alexander Lukashenko answers a number of questions on elections day
Alexander Lukashenko answers topical questions on parliamentary election day The President has taken part in the parliamentary elections on September 11. Belarus’ President came together with his younger son Nikolai to the polling station located in the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture. A lot of journalists were waiting for the President. After Alexander Lukashenko put the bulletin into the box, he answered the questions of the journalists. About 15 questions were asked within an hour. The President was very open and even was making jokes.
Will Belarusian Parliament be more active this time: opinion of Lidia Yermoshina
Will Belarusian Parliament be more active this time: opinion of Lidia Yermoshina Lidia Yermoshina on the talk show What’s Going On commented on the course of the parliamentary campaign. Do you think the elected officials will be more active? Will the discussions be more active in the Parliament?
Lidia Yermoshina: Belarusian Parliament is place for altruists
Lidia Yermoshina: Belarusian Parliament is place for altruists Lidia Yermoshina on the talk show What’s Going On commented on the course of the parliamentary campaign. Can this freedom and simplicity of the elections lead to the situation where instead of 5 there will be 25 candidates for one seat?
Lidia Yermoshina about the parliamentary elections in Belarus
Lidia Yermoshina about the parliamentary elections in Belarus Lidia Yermoshina on the talk show What’s Going On commented on the course of the parliamentary campaign. Thank you very much for finding time to come here. We were quoting you saying that these parliamentary elections are the most democratic ones. What do you mean when you say it?

12.09.2016

Women account for 34% of new Belarus' parliament
Belarus parliamentary election: Brief statistical summary The press conference on the preliminary results of the elections to the House of Representatives of the 6th convocation of the National Assembly is underway in the Palace of the Republic.
Dragomir Karic praises Belarusians' feeling of national identity on election day
Dragomir Karic praises Belarusians' feeling of national identity on election day Dragomir Karic took part in the talk show "What's Going On?" on the TV channel "RTR-Belarus" and commented on the course of the parliamentary campaign. Egor Khrustalyov:I want to introduce to you our guest, Dragomir Karic. If you watched the news today, we hugged before the start of the program. In the middle of the day you hugged with the head of state at the polling station.
Carlos Larrea Davila praises order during Belarus parliamentary elections
Carlos Larrea Davila praises order during Belarus parliamentary elections International observer and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ecuador to the Republic of Belarus Carlos Larrea Davila has taken part in the program "What's going on?" on the TV channel "Russia-Belarus". Good evening. If a resident of Ecuador saw the elections in Belarus, what would surprise him?
Full parliamentary election results due in the morning September 12
Full parliamentary election results due in the morning September 12 Head of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina has announced the preliminary results of the parliamentary election, held on September 11. Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus: Information on the turnout is available on the website. The overall turnout is about 74.3% but it may change slightly.
Top laws drafted by Belarus parliament in 2012-2016 The fifth convocation of the Belarus parliament drafted and adopted 417 bills during 2012-2016. Among them are resonant documents that have transformed our lives. Responsibility for drunk driving has increased: you can not only be deprived of the driving license but also the car! Those who repeat the violation may be arrested. In the winter of 2015, Belarus strengthened responsibility for the mistreatment of animals. It was even criminalized. For the inhuman act, a person can get up to a year in prison.
Small number of complaints at 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections, Lidia Yermoshina says
Small number of complaints at 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections, Lidia Yermoshina says The top officials of the Central Election Commission (CEC) talk to media literally every two hours at mini-press conferences. During one of such briefings CEC head Lidia Yermoshina noted that there the commission receives only a few complaints and is trying to deal with each of them almost immediately. Today, there were cases when the observer was deprived of accreditation in the elections. Basically, this was after the obstruction of the activities of the election commission. But, of course, some misunderstandings do occur. 
Grigory Rapota on parliamentary election organization in Belarus
Grigory Rapota on parliamentary election organization in Belarus The information center of the Central Election Commission of Belarus played host all day to experts' roundtables. Observers point out that no serious violations have been recorded so far. And, in general, the elections have been organized at a high level. Some observers have even used the epithet "elegant elections".   Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State: I think that one of the features of these elections, which increases voter turnout, is a larger number of candidates.
Parliamentary elections valid in all 110 constituencies - Central Election Commission
Parliamentary elections valid in all 110 constituencies - Central Election Commission An election information center is working non-stop receiving the latest data on the parliamentary election 2016. Our correspondent Yulia Beshanova has the latest details.
Belarus information minister praises media for covering 2016 parliamentary election
Belarus information minister praises media for covering 2016 parliamentary election Leading mass media are monitoring the parliamentary elections in Belarus. The campaign is covered by about 700 journalists.   All information during the day is coming to the data center of the Central Election Commission. The turnout has exceeded 74% and at this point, we can say that the elections in Belarus were valid. We now have live with us the Minister of Information of Belarus, Lilia Ananich. How would you assess the work of the media during this campaign?
Official voter turnout at Belarus parliamentary election at 74.32%
Official voter turnout at Belarus parliamentary election at 74.32% The turnout in the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus of the sixth convocation was at 74.32%, according to the Central Election Commission website. In the Brest region 77.53% of the total number of voters cast their ballots, in Vitebsk 79.98%, in Gomel 75.14% and in Grodno 76.19%. Voter turnout in the Minsk region was 75.35% and in Mogilev 80.90%. In the capital Minsk, 61.11% voted. In areas outside Belarus, the turnout was 66.12%.

11.09.2016

Artūrs Rubiks: Belarusian voter knows whom he elects, thanks to your system
Artūrs Rubiks: Belarusian voter knows whom he elects, thanks to your system We continue analyzing these elections with our foreign experts. Next up is Riga, Latvia. We will be talking to a deputy of the Latvian Saeima, Artūrs Rubiks. We know that you were an observer during the presidential elections in our country in 2015.  What can you say about the political culture of Belarusians? How are the elections organized?
Turnout at 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus at 67.66% by 6pm
Turnout at 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus at 67.66% by 6pm As of 6pm, more than 67% of voters cast ballots. We expect to get the latest figures from the Central Election Commission, where one of the mobile studios of the CTV is working. Yevgeny Gorin, CTV: Sergey, good evening. Indeed, there is nothing known for sure before the polls close. We at the Central Election Commission. And now deputy chairman of the CEC, Vadim Ipatov, is with us live. Vadim Ipatov, deputy chairman of the Central Commission of Belarus for Elections and National Referendums: Good evening.
Russian political analyst Alexander Razuvaev: No surprises expected at Belarus elections
Russian political analyst Alexander Razuvaev: No surprises expected at Belarus elections Today, we are going to hear experts' opinion about the parliamentary elections in Belarus. Our experts are from Russia, Ukraine and Latvia, they are closely watching the progress of the parliamentary campaign. First is Alexander Razuvaev. You have been working at many elections in the former Soviet Union. What are their peculiarities in Belarus?
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: turnout amounts to 67.66% by 6 p.m.
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: turnout amounts to 67.66% by 6 p.m. The turnout of voters at the parliamentary elections in Belarus amounted to 67.66% by 6 p.m. Thus, 66.88% of Belarusians voted in the Brest region, 74.64% of people voted in the Vitebsk region, 70.54% of voters came to the polling stations in the Gomel region, and 68.17% of Belarusians voted in the Grodno region. In the Minsk region and Mogilev region, voted 67.99% and 74.41% of people accordingly. As much as 56,21% of Belarusians took part in the elections in Minsk. At the polling stations outside Belarus, 62.98% of voters made their choice. 
Lilia Ananich: There was enough information about every candidate
Lilia Ananich: There was enough information about every candidate The Belarusian media made everything in their power to make these parliamentary elections open and democratic. That was the opinion of  Information Minister Lilia Ananich. The Minister believes that candidates had the opportunity to tell about their programs to voters, to be heard and seen. Lilia Ananich told that she chose the early voting this year. Lilia Ananich, Belarus’ Information Minister:There was enough information about every candidate to be able to make a choice, in my opinion.
Vadim Ipatov, vice-chairman of Central Election Commission: we didn’t receive any complaints from international observers
Vadim Ipatov, vice-chairman of Central Election Commission: we didn’t receive any complaints from international observers Ilona Volynets, journalist of the CTV Channel:The Central Election Commission is receiving the information from all the polling stations in the country. The vice-chairman of  the Central Election Commission will tell us the exact information. Vadim Ipatov, vice-chairman of Central Election Commission:About 50%-52.49% of voters made their choice.
Alexey Belyaev, political scientist: Citizens and state feel communication
Alexei Belyaev, political scientist: Citizens and state in Belarus communicate well The CEC information center in the Palace of the Republic in the Minsk center is the place where the latest data on the parliamentary elections 2016 is gathered. A few minutes ago today's fifth press conference of Lidia Yermoshina ended. The head of the CEC has voiced the latest election results and other important information.
Yuri Shevtsov: The main feature of this parliamentary vote is that there in almost no external intervention
Yuri Shevtsov: The main feature of this parliamentary vote is that there in almost no external intervention The information center of the Central Election Commission is located in the Palace of the Republic. The head of the CEC Lidia Yermoshina has announced the preliminary results of the election. The main outcome is that the turnout has exceeded 50%. However, Mrs. Yermoshina noted that in order to announce the elections valid the 50% threshold must be exceeded in all the 110 election constituencies. For now this is not the case.
Igor Karpenko: right candidate should have combination of professional and personal qualities
Igor Karpenko: right candidate should have combination of professional and personal qualities Igor Karpenko, the Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee has voted for one of the candidates. He told the journalists what was important for him in the candidate.
Vadim Borovik: Belarusian youth realizes importance of election campaign
Vadim Borovik: Belarusian youth realizes importance of election campaign More than 700 journalists are working at the information center of the Central Election Commission during the day of the parliamentary elections. The Tass news agency (Russia), the CCTV (China), the Al Jazeera (Qatar) and many others cover this political event in Belarus. The voting takes place both in Belarus and abroad. The turnout is expected to be high. That was noticed by the international observers as well.
Voter turnout at Belarus parliamentary elections at 60.87% by 16pm According to the latest data of the Central Election Commission, over 60% of the electorate participated in the parliamentary elections in Belarus. The main voting day at the elections to the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament is taking place today on September 11. Polling stations will close at exactly 8pm. As many as 485 candidates are running for the 110 seats in the lower house of the parliament, which is called the House of Representatives.
Rashid Akimov: Belarus has established a good election system
Rashid Akimov: Belarus has established a good election system Numerous experts are monitoring the Belarus parliamentary election 2016. Among them are more than 32,000 national and 800 international observers. They have already started their work. The largest missions are those of the CIS and the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights - over 300 delegates each. Among the accredited observers are representatives of the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe and the OSCE, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the diplomatic corps as well as experts of electoral bodies of foreign states.
Sergei Kizima: we provide safety in the region, and Belarus’ opinion is very important
Sergei Kizima: we provide safety in the region, and Belarus’ opinion is very important The information center in the Palace of the Republic is still working. Lidia Yermoshina has participated  in three press conferences already. In the majority of Belarusian regions the half of the population has already voted. Lidia Yermoshina,Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus:More than 50% of the voters made their choice. However, we cannot say that the candidate is already chosen because the voting will continue until 8 p.m. So anything can change before that.
Sergei Lebedev and CIS monitoring mission
Sergei Lebedev: Election campaign in Belarus is quiet and well-organized Closely monitoring the voting process are numerous international observers. Experts representing various missions share their impressions from what they see and agree on one thing: the parliamentary elections are well-organized and the atmosphere is positive.
Belarusians living in France vote at parliamentary elections 2016
Belarusians living in France vote at parliamentary elections 2016 Belarusians living abroad are also casting their votes today at the parliamentary elections 2016. One of polling stations is now open in the Belarusian Embassy in Paris. This is an opportunity to vote for those who are residing in France, are on a business trip or on vacation. In general, the work of the polling stations in France is organized in full compliance with Belarusian election legislation.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have almost agreed on gas issues
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia have almost agreed on gas issues Belarus and Russia have almost agreed on the gas issues, Alexander Lukashenko told media at the polling station where he voted at the parliamentary election 2016. At the polling station, at the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture the leader was with his younger son Nikolai. The head of state was awaited here by numerous journalists. After the President dropped his ballot into the box, he answered questions from the media. One of them concerned the negotiations of Belarus with Russia on the gas issue.
Top officials vote at Belarus parliamentary elections
Top officials vote at 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections There are lots of officials among the voters at the September 11 parliamentary elections. The Prime Minister of our country has already made his choice. Andrei Kobyakov arrived at the polling station with his wife. He talked with the members of the commission. At polling station No.511 there are also many high-ranking guests today.
No more utility price increases in Belarus in 2016, President Lukashenko promises
No more utility price increases in Belarus in 2016, President Lukashenko promises This morning, the Belarus President took part in the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly. The head of state came to the polling station, located at the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture, together with his youngest son Nikolai. The head of state was awaited here by numerous journalists. After the President voted, he stopped for a while to answer questions from the media. One of them concerned the cost of housing and communal services.
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: turnout by 2 p.m. exceeds 52%
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: turnout exceeds 52% by 2 pm The parliamentary elections are being held in Belarus on 11 September. According to the Central Election Commission, the voter turnout by 2 pm has exceeded 52%. But voters are still active. Immediately after the polls close (the vote will end at exactly 20.00), the counting of votes will begin.  As many as 485 candidates are running for the 110 seats in the lower house of the parliament, which is called the House of Representatives.
President Lukashenko defends Russian flag carrier at 2016 Paralympics
President Lukashenko defends Russian flag carrier at 2016 Paralympics This morning, the Belarus President took part in the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly. The head of state came to the polling station, located at the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture, together with his youngest son Nikolai. The talk with journalists there lasted more than an hour. The President was open and even joked. The media could not but wonder about a recent incident at the Paralympic Games in Brazil, when a member of the Belarusian delegation carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony.
Belarus President about opposition: "They are still too far from people's needs"
Belarus President about opposition: "They are still too far from people's needs" President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has stated that he would like the opposition to exist and be constructive. One of the journalists at the polling station where Alexander Lukashenko voted asked him what opposition parties lack in Belarusian political field.
Alexander Lukashenko: our elected officials should be more politically active
Alexander Lukashenko: our elected officials should be more politically active The elected officials should be prepared for hard legislative work. That was an announcement made by Alexander Lukashenko on September 11. This morning, the President has taken part in the parliamentary elections. Belarus’ President came together with his younger son Nikolai to the polling station located in the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture.
Alexander Lukashenko: I don’t think that there’s Belarusian who criticizes government for multifaceted approach
Alexander Lukashenko: I don’t think that there’s Belarusian who criticizes government for multifaceted approach This morning, the President has taken part in the parliamentary elections. Belarus’ President came together with his younger son Nikolai to the polling station located in the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture. A lot of journalists were waiting for the President. After Alexander Lukashenko put the bulletin into the box, he answered the questions of the journalists.
Head of OSCE mission: friendly atmosphere at parliamentary elections in Belarus
Head of OSCE mission: friendly atmosphere at parliamentary elections in Belarus A lot of experts are observing the course of the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus. There are more than 32,000 of national observers and more than 800 international observers. Among the observers are representatives of the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and other experts of foreign electoral institutions. The observers notice a good organization of the elections.
Alexander Lukashenko: elected officials should concentrate on hard legislative work
Alexander Lukashenko: elected officials should be prepared for hard legislative work The elected officials should concentrate on doing a hard legislative work. That was an announcement made by Alexander Lukashenko. This morning, the President has taken part in the parliamentary elections. Belarus’ President came together with his younger son Nikolai to the polling station located in the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture. MORE: 2016 parliamentary election in Belarus
Nikolai Lozovik: Belarusians abroad more active in early voting than in Belarus
Nikolai Lozovik: Belarusians abroad more active in early voting than in Belarus The secretary of the Central Election Commission shared the first information about the parliamentary elections with the journalist of the CTV Channel.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in the parliamentary elections in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko votes at 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus There are more than 6,000 polling stations open in Belarus. About 7 million Belarusians have a right to vote. President Alexander Lukashenko takes part in the parliamentary elections too. The President came to the elections with his younger son Nikolai. Many journalists were waiting for the President to come to the polling station.
Lidia Yermoshina: all observers’ complaints taken care of
Lidia Yermoshina: all observers’ complaints taken care of The parliamentary elections in Belarus attracted a lot of attention of the world’s mass media. About 700 journalists are working at the information center of the Central Election Commission. The Tass news agency (Russia), the CCTV (China), the Al Jazeera (Qatar) and many others cover this political event in Belarus.
Central Election Commission of Belarus: 31.29% of voters took part in early voting
Central Election Commission of Belarus: 31.29% of voters took part in early voting As many as 31.29% of Belarusians took part in the early voting in the parliamentary elections for the House of Representatives. The early voting took place from September 6 until September 10. That is the data published on the website of the Central Election Commission.

10.09.2016

How did early voting in 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections take place?
How did early voting in 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections take place? Tomorrow is the parliamentary vote, the main day, an important day for the country and for all of us (even for those who have already voted). It is especially important for the candidates. Remember skaters after their performance? They are sitting, breathing heavily and waiting for results. The same can now be said about the parliamentary candidates. During the elections, technique and artistry are not assessed, although we could do this since we saw a lot of artists during the campaigning.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian and Russian investigators have much to learn from each other
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian and Russian investigators have much to learn from each other Investigators Belarus and Russia have much to learn from each other, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin. The main area of ​​cooperation between departments is a mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Within the framework of bilateral cooperation, the forensic department of the Investigative Committee of Belarus has visited the General Directorate of the Russian colleagues to study criminology experience.

08.09.2016

Belarus President hands out state awards to 40 outstanding people
Belarus President hands out state awards to 40 outstanding people On September 8, the President handed out state awards in the Palace of Independence. About 40 people from different spheres and regions gathered in the Palace of Independence. Most of the awardees are engineers and military officers, because they were responsible for the appearance of the rocket and missile engineering, a new field in Belarus. The President expressed gratitude to doctors, scientists, teachers and workers. In his speech, Alexander Lukashenko highlighted that together Belarusians could achieve great results.

07.09.2016

About relations with Russia, reforms in post Soviet countries and dreams: Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Mikhail Gusman
About relations with Russia, reforms in post Soviet countries and dreams: Alexander Lukashenko gives interview to Mikhail Gusman What’s happening with the relations between Belarus and Russia, how efficient is the work of integration associations and what is the dream of the Belarusian President. On September 6, Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to famous journalist Mikhail Gusman. Alexander Lukashenko and Mikhail Gusman are meeting not for the first time, that’s why it’s not just an ordinary interview, more like an important and deep conversation on various topics.
Lidia Yermoshina puts bulletin into box during early voting
Lidia Yermoshina puts bulletin into box during early voting It is the second day of early voting in the parliamentary elections. The polling stations in Belarus are open from 10 to 14 and from 16 to 19 until September 10. Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina put the bulletin into the box on September 7.
4% of voters came to polling stations during first day of early voting in Belarus
4% of voters came to polling stations during first day of early voting in Belarus Almost 4% of voters came to polling stations on the first day of early voting. About 7 million of Belarusians should make their choice in the parliamentary elections. The residents of the Vitebsk region are the most active voter for now. More than 4% of voters came to the polling stations in Minsk and the Mogilev region. Belarusians that are currently abroad also actively participate in the elections. Among the ones enlisted in the voters’ list, more than 5% already made their choice. There are 47 polling stations outside Belarus.
Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to make parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible
Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to make parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible Belarus plans to make the parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible. Such an announcement was made by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. Hundreds of observers, including international ones, monitor the course of the elections. Earlier, the mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE published a preliminary report. The final results are expected. As the Foreign Minister hopes, they will be objective and comprehensive.

06.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: elections shouldn’t be artificial
Alexander Lukashenko: elections shouldn’t be artificial The voting during the parliamentary elections shouldn’t be artificial, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Lidia Yermoshina, the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission.
Early voting begins in parliamentary elections in Belarus
Early voting begins in parliamentary elections in Belarus On September 6, begins early voting in the elections to the House of Representatives. Early voting exists not only in Belarus but also abroad. It meets the requirements and follows the recommendations of the OSCE. Many Belarusians use their opportunity to vote early. According to the Central Election Commission, not only working hours influence the attendance of the polling stations, but also the weather forecast.
Chairman of Senate of Kazakhstan’s Parliament about cooperation with Belarus, joining WTO and elections
Chairman of Senate of Kazakhstan’s Parliament about cooperation with Belarus, joining WTO and elections The Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan talks about new opportunities for the trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Kazakhstan. About the bilateral cooperation

04.09.2016

Belarus interested in developing cooperation with EU
Vladimir Makei: Belarus interested in developing cooperation with EU The Belarusian Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei, took part in an informal meeting of foreign ministers of members of the European Union and the countries that take part in the EU's Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) in Bratislava, Slovakia, the press service of the Foreign Ministry reports. Vladimir Makei has outlined the approaches of Belarus towards the further development of the Eastern Partnership and the relations between Belarus and the European Union. 

03.09.2016

Early voting in Belarus parliamentary elections to begin September 6
Early voting in Belarus parliamentary elections to begin September 6 Precinct commissions of the Minsk region have completed the last preparations for 2016 Belarus' parliamentary elections. Early voting will begin on 6 September. Voter lists have been verified and ballot boxes are going to be sealed. All in all, 1,023 polling stations will be opened in the Minsk region during the 11 September vote.
Belarus’ President about death of Islam Karimov: outstanding leader passed away
Belarus’ President about death of Islam Karimov: outstanding leader passed away Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov died after a stroke this week in the age of 78. Three days of mourning are declared in the country. Islam Karimov ruled the country for 26 years starting from 1990. When Uzbekistan was declared an independent country, Islam Karimov became the President. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko expressed his condolences to the government and people of Uzbekistan as well as to the family and relatives.
Islam Karimov funeral: Belarusian delegation headed by premier Andrei Kobyakov
Islam Karimov funeral: Belarusian delegation headed by premier Andrei Kobyakov Uzbekistan 3 September is saying goodbye to President Islam Karimov. Representatives from 17 countries arrived in Samarkand to part with the leader of Uzbekistan. The Belarusian delegation is headed by the Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov, according to the instruction of the Belarus President. Islam Karimov died on September 2, aged 78 after a stroke.

02.09.2016

800 international observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election 2016
800 international observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election 2016 The number of international observers to monitor the parliamentary elections has exceeded 800. All these experts were accredited by the Central Election Commission of Belarus.  The Commonwealth of Independent States is represented by 330 observers. Almost the same number represents the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Also among the accredited are representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Hollande, Merkel still committed to Minsk agreements
Hollande, Merkel still committed to Minsk agreements French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are ready to continue work on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. The two leaders have made a joint statement on this.  The fact is that France and Germany are concerned about the security situation in the east of Ukraine, especially along the contact line. They support the cease-fire in the Donbass in connection with the beginning of the academic year.

31.08.2016

Observers evaluate professionalism of election commissions’ members in Belarus
Observers evaluate professionalism of election commissions’ members in Belarus The preparation of the polling stations for the voting and the professionalism of election commissions’ members were evaluated by the observers. The experts were interested in the rehearsal of the voting process organized by the member of election commissions. Moreover, the observers prepared a test for the commissions’ members to determine whether they know all the details of the election process.
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: number of national observers climbs above 25,000
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: number of national observers climbs above 25,000 The number of national observers during the parliamentary elections in Belarus has climbed above 25,000. About 2,500 observers were accredited by Belarusian residents, 1,200 were accredited by labor communities. As many as 2,500 people chosen by the parties will observe the elections. The Communist Party, the Republican Party of Labor and Justice and the Belarusian Agrarian Party were the most active ones. Now, the agitation campaigns are taking place in Belarus. This stage will continue until September 10.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Kyrgyzstan on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Kyrgyzstan on Independence Day Today Kyrgyzstan is celebrating Independence Day. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the country's president Almazbek Atambayev on the national holiday. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:I am convinced that our joint focus on realizing the potential of Belarusian-Kyrgyz cooperation will give a noticeable effect in the near future, will ensure the development of all-round mutually beneficial cooperation between our countries in the spirit of friendship and good neighborhood traditions.
Mikhail Myasnikovich: Active dialogue between Europe and Belarus satisfying
Mikhail Myasnikovich: Active dialogue between Europe and Belarus satisfying On August 30 the special coordinator of the OSCE short-term observer mission at the elections to the House of Representatives of the Republic met with head of the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament.  Chairman of the upper chamber of the parliament offered the guests not only get acquainted with the course of the election campaign, but also to study socio-political situation in the country, pay attention to how the national economy is developing and how Belarus is building international relations.
CIS: Parliamentary elections in Belarus being held in accordance with the law
CIS: Parliamentary elections in Belarus being held in accordance with the law The number of international election observers in Belarus has increased to 480. The largest mission is the one of the CIS, with 328 people accredited. Most of them will arrive in Minsk on the eve of the 11 September parliamentary elections.  Long-term monitoring is being led by 44 observers. They have been working in regions for almost a month. According to them, the campaign is being held according to plans, in an organized way and in accordance with the laws of the republic.

30.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Real professionals regardless of political beliefs must enter parliament
Real professionals regardless of political beliefs must enter parliament, Alexander Lukashenko tells Kent Härstedt Real professionals must be elected to the Belarus parliament, regardless of political affiliation, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko hosting heads of the OSCE observation mission at the 2016 parliamentary elections.  The meeting was attended by the special coordinator of the OSCE short-term observer mission, deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE Kent Härstedt and Head of Mission of the OSCE ODIHR Election Observation Tana de Zulueta.
480 foreign observers to monitor 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections
480 foreign observers to monitor 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections The number of Belarus parliamentary election observers is increasing. The Central Election Commission of Belarus has accredited 480 foreign representatives to monitor the parliamentary election campaign. The majority of those accredited represent the Commonwealth of Independent States - more than 320 people.

29.08.2016

Parliamentary elections in Belarus
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: agitation campaign, verification of voters’ list, current developments Two weeks are left until the parliamentary elections, the main electoral event of 2016. Candidates are fighting for the love of Belarusians. However, during the stage of the agitation campaign, dozens of candidates dropped out of the race. Thus, less than five candidates will compete for one seat in the Parliament. The race for the seats in the lower chamber is in full swing. At the beginning of the race, candidates are choosing their campaign strategy. Candidates organize pickets as a part of their agitation campaign.
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: work of elected officials and their thoughts about giving seat to new members
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: work of elected officials and their thoughts about giving seat to new members By the way, Pakistan is mainly an agricultural country. Almost half of the population (43% or 45%) works in the agricultural field. Only one in ten Belarusians works in the fields. Agriculture is very important for Belarus. We started our program talking about harvesting campaign, and it wasn’t by chance. The amount of grain is increasing, but the number of candidates in the parliamentary elections is decreasing. More than 20 candidates decided to drop out of the race.
Belarus' parliamentary election debates on TV from 29 August
Belarus' parliamentary election debates on TV from 29 August Less than two weeks are left before the parliamentary elections in Belarus. The main voting day is 11 September. This week the authorities will send invitations to voters to the polls as well as leaflets about candidates for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Belarus' parliament, which is elected directly by people. In Belarus, there are more than 7 million voters. Candidates were able to win their hearts on television. Their performances were broadcast on TV, including by the CTV channel.

27.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Moldova on Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Moldova on Independence Day Moldova celebrates its Independence Day on the 27th of August. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Nicolae Timofti on the national holiday. In his message, the President underlined that the cooperation between Moldova and Belarus is based on their mutual aim to strengthen comprehensive ties. “Belarus is a loyal friend to Moldova and it is ready to take all necessary steps towards further development of the intergovernmental cooperation”, stated Belarus’ President.
Less than five candidates for one seat in Parliament
Less than five candidates for one seat in Parliament The number of candidates for the parliamentary position has reduced to 489 people. According to the Central Election Commission, 27 people dropped out of the parliamentary race. Thus, less than five candidates will compete for each seat in the House of Representatives. Initially, the number of registered candidates amounted to 521. Another three candidates were registered by the court order, one more candidate was registered by the decision of the district election commission.

26.08.2016

Alexander Konyuk: number of complaints received by prosecution authorities reduced
Alexander Konyuk: number of election-related complaints received by prosecution authorities reduced The number of candidates for the parliamentary position reduced to 489 people. According to the Central Election Commission, 27 people dropped out of the parliamentary race. Thus, less than five candidates will compete for each seat in the House of Representatives. Initially, the number of registered candidates amounted to 521. Another three candidates were registered by the court order. One more candidate was registered by the decision of the district election commission. The course of the election campaign is monitored by the prosecution authorities.
Michael Morgulis
Why is Hillary Clinton crying? Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist, author of the spiritual concept of diplomacy, editor of an American magazine about Belarus has answered questions at the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces holding Indestructible Brotherhood drills in Belarus
CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces holding Indestructible Brotherhood drills in Belarus The Indestructible Brotherhood drills of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO are gaining momentum. The command decided to start a peacekeeping operation and is preparing to carry out tasks.   Tactical and combatant lessons have been conducted with personnel. During these lessons, military guarded checkpoints, inspected vehicles and patrolled areas and provided first aid. They also worked out questions of application of unmanned aircraft systems and reconnaissance aircraft.
"I pray Clinton does not not become president," Michael Morgulis says
"I pray Clinton does not not become president," Michael Morgulis says Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist, author of the spiritual concept of diplomacy, editor of an American magazine about Belarus has answered questions of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. Michael, it is believed that Clinton's win in the USA is not a great outcome for Belarus and Russia. Michael Morgulis: I pray she does not become president.
Economic interest and political support: Belarus and Pakistan to develop relations
Economic interest and political support: Belarus and Pakistan to develop relations Belarus and Pakistan are on the threshold of a new stage of cooperation.

25.08.2016

Elections to upper chamber of Belarus parliament start August 25
Elections to upper chamber of Belarus parliament start August 25 The election of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly began in Belarus on August 25. The election to the upper chamber of the parliament lasts to 13 September inclusive. This date was not chosen accidentally. Elections must complete no later than 35 days before the end of powers of the Council of the Republic of the current convocation.  The Central Election Commission plans to register the elected senators by 30 September. 
Alexander Lukashenko plans to visit Pakistan in October
Alexander Lukashenko plans to visit Pakistan in October Belarus and Pakistan are on the threshold of a new stage of cooperation. In October 2016, the Belarusian leader will visit that South Asian country, where he will hold talks with the Prime Minister. Each official visit, the Belarusian leader believes, should make the maximum contribution to the development of economic relations.
Registration of candidates for Council of the Republic ends On August 24, registration of candidates to the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the parliament, ended in Belarus.  The election of senators will be held from August 25 to September 13, at the meetings of regional and Minsk City Council of Deputies. Before the election, the Central Election Commission gives an opinion on the legality of their nomination. The Council of the Republic - the chamber of territorial representation - comprises 64 people. 

24.08.2016

Belarus taking part in CSTO's Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 peacekeeping drills
Belarus taking part in CSTO's Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 peacekeeping drills The drills of the CSTO peacekeepers Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 started on August 23 in Belarus. It will be held at the military training ground Obuz-Lesnovsky. Troops from Russia have already arrived at the airport in Baranovichi. The military intend to work out a number of innovations that reflect the updated methods of peacekeeping missions. The CSTO partners will hone their skills in humanitarian assistance to local population on a simulated territory of conflict. They will also exercise the destruction of illegal armed formations.

23.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko extends condolences to Turkey president following Gaziantep attack
Alexander Lukashenko extends condolences to Turkey president following Gaziantep attack Turkey is holding funeral ceremonies related to massive loss of life in the recent terrorist attack at a wedding. In the evening, on August 20, the city of Gaziantep was shaken by an explosion: a teen of 12-14 years old exploded a suicide bomber's belt stuffed with TNT during a ceremony. The total number of victims to date has reached 54 people. The wedding was underway in the Turkish region populated by the Kurds. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities tend to suggest that the crime was committed by supporters of the Islamic State.
Over 400 foreign observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election
Over 400 foreign observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election The Central Election Commission of Belarus has accredited more than 400 foreign observers to monitor the election campaign.  The majority of the accredited are representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States - about 300 people.  ODIHR OSCE is represented by 51 observers, with 19 people from the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. It is planned that taking part in the election monitoring will be the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and representatives of central election commissions of other states.
Polonez multiple rocket launchers to come into service in Belarus
Polonez multiple rocket launchers to come into service in Belarus The first multiple rocket launcher system Polonez will go into service in Belarus. The weapon was solemnly given to the 332nd Missile Brigade of Osipovichi on August 22. The domestic development is significantly superior to its predecessors in terms of many characteristics. The destruction range is 200 kilometers. It can shoot at eight goals simultaneously. The deviation from the target at the maximum distance does not exceed 1 meter.

22.08.2016

Vladislav Lagun, participant of Open Dialogue Forum: we should show our initiative
Vladislav Lagun, participant of Open Dialogue Forum: we should show our initiative The role of the youth in the parliamentary campaign and the initiative of the society were the main topics discussed during the Open Dialogue Forum. As many as 100 people from all Belarusian regions are taking part in the forum. Among them, there are national observers, members of the territorial and district election commissions, representatives of public associations.
About 20 candidates withdraw from Belarus parliamentary elections
About 20 candidates withdraw from Belarus parliamentary elections About 20 candidates have withdrawn their candidacies from the parliamentary elections in Belarus. Initially 521 people ran for 110 parliamentary seats.  Later, after appeals against decisions of district electoral commissions, the Central Election Commission registered four more. Candidates continue campaigning now. The main voting day is scheduled for September 11. MORE: Parliamentary elections in Belarus

19.08.2016

Lidia Yermoshina
Lidia Yermoshina: every candidate must participate in debates Chairwoman of the Central Elections Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov.

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