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Lukashenka: Maybe we need leading party? 158

15:52, — Politics

Lukashenka: Maybe we need leading party?

The ruler says he wouldn't mind a leading party.

He made this statement on Thursday at a meeting with newly appointed heads of local executive bodies, Lukashenka's press service reports.

I already raised this question. Maybe it's a rhetorical one. Maybe the country needs a leading party for a better social and political life. All countries, especially the neighbourng ones, the post-Soviet republics, have these parties. We don't have. Frankly speaking, I wouldn't mind political force that could help us work with personnel, Lukashenka said.

People decide everything. We have many problems. The system formed by the power vertical has no alternatives, no competition. It's bad, the ruler said.

When I asked if we need some social and political force, all, from the prime minister and the head of the president's administration to aides, shouted together this political force is not needed today, because we have heads of city, district and regional executive committees. So, no artificial bodies are needed, Lukashenka reminded. Perhaps, you are right. We talked about it. I think we should look into the matter closely in the forthcoming electoral processes. It doesn't mean we will create a new party artificially like the Communist Party in the USSR. It would be very bad.

The pro-governmental association Belaya Rus has been working in Belarus for some years. Public sector employees were forced to become its members. Experts forecast the association may be turned into the party of power.

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