Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Belarus Dictator Lukashenka Uses Trimmed Down State Of The Nation Format To Insist That Their Are No Grounds For Social Contradictions In Belarus

"On May 23, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko delivered State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. This annual event was attended by deputies and senators, supreme state officials, members of the Government, heads of state-run organizations, leaders of the major industrial companies, the nation-wide mass media, representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations.

This year`s Address of the Head of State had a new format: in his statement Alexander Lukashenko did not review all the spheres of life of the country in detail nor did he outline any global objectives. Strategic plans and priorities for the next five-year period were extensively discussed over the recent several months both by the public and at the top level. In March, the Third All-Belarus People`s Assembly, which produced huge public response, adopted the Program of Socio-Economic Development of Belarus until 2011. The recently-formed composition of the Government was set clear-cut tasks concerning the implementation of the Program. Thereupon, in his speech the President focused his attention on the solving of concrete problems in line with the priority avenues of the development of the country. As the Belarusian leader said, the title of the Address highlights an approach consisting of two indissolubly united parts: "The State for the people and the individual for the benefit of his Fatherland".

According to the President, the Belarusian economy is reporting enormous growth. The country is pursuing a progressive social policy which meets the needs of the individual; this is why there is no ground for social contradictions and conflicts. "The most important thing is the highest degree of confidence which the people have placed in the authority and the course it is pursuing. This is an indispensable and priceless resource which is a foundation for constructing a strong and developed Belarus", Alexander Lukashenko said."

The Fraudulently Elected President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka

"Being the President, I sometimes have to take unpopular decisions. I know that I will not be liked because of that. But my objective is to urge everybody to love the country where we live and respect the authorities which have never abandoned the people in grief. One cannot but agree that whatever happened there was immediate response from the authorities. To protect people is my main job. It is to serve this purpose that I've been hired by the nation."

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Blogger dictator_watch said...

I think this is such an interesting contradiction that a man who claims to be representing the interests of the people only got to his position by manipulating the vote. He's so arrogant to think that the people have "the highest degree of confidence" in him when it's clearly fear that they have.

Another interesting development is that Lukashenko made an anouncement that he might ban fly-overs by Western planes after the US and Canada wouldn't let him refuel on his trip to Cuba. Check out the article at the Scotsman.

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Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thank you, dictator-watcher, for pointing out of the central "interesting contradition" of Lukashenka's holding a national "election" with a preordained outcome.

I was in Belarus for the first week of January and the place initially seemed clean, generally restored, gleaming, well-lit, and well functioning. But after one day in Minsk small experiences started to lead me to realize how cut off from the rest of the world and "happiness" the Belarusian citizenry were. There were strange slips by museum attendants, attendants at the central post office, people in railroad cars, a young new rich Belarusian cosmetics (female) executive and mother who we met, our driver, the young Hotel staff at New Years Eve as we all watched the President speak, the door attendants at the Palace of the Republic as a private, elite government children's Christmas party was held inside.

Visiting Grodno in the West confirmed my suspicions that the government was virtually ignoring investment in the more nationalistic West of the country in favor of the Russian leaning East. The top hotel in central Grodno was falling apart, and the people looked poorer than in Lviv or Chernivtsi, Ukraine; both of which are Western regional capitals and not as rich as Kyiv.(We had wanted to visit Gomel in the Southeast of Belarus where we had some young acquaintances but that did not work out.)

If you don't do so already, I suggest that you start reading Adam Goodman's The Being Had Times blog. Adam is an American writer and educator living in Pinsk, Belarus. He is also a deep ecologist and is generally very sympathetic to Belarus's socialism. However, even Adam, after carefully weighing the pros and cons of Lukashenka this past winter, thought that it was time for him to step aside.

Good luck with your research and your new blog! You are off to a good start!

PS. I did see the announcement that Lukashenka was considering banning Western overflights, in The Scotsman yesterday. But I didn't see how to fit it in anywhere. [It was actually the Belarusian Prime Minister who couldn't refuel on his way to Cuba.]

1:10 PM  

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