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Forming the Council of the Republic and the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly: two contours of stability

Contours of stability

The ongoing improvement in the political sphere has become a trend and at the same time an indicator of effective state-building.

As the practice and experience of many of Belarus' neighbors has shown, borrowing various external paradigms and standards often leads to becoming a "limitrophe" and rapid degradation. Updating one's own political system in accordance with the demands of the time is the key to the state resilience in conditions of any geopolitical turbulence. Ensuring the sovereignty of the political field and the electoral process is the task of the two most important political campaigns taking place these days – preparing for the elections of members of the Council of the Republic and nominating delegates to the 7th All-Belarusian People's Assembly.

President Alexander LUKASHENKO:

Yes, this is the seventh convocation, but it is special. It is constitutional. Therefore, it is very important both in appearance and content to hold it at the highest level. It should be solemn and, most importantly, meaningful ...

At a meeting dedicated to the preparation for the first session of the 7th All-Belarusian People's Assembly,
March 18, 2024.

Формирование Совета Республики и ВНС: два контура стабильности

Strategic tandem of government and society

Regardless of differences in culture, electoral traditions or political systems, each State pays attention to the development of political institutions. Foreign experience shows that three things are necessary for this: synchronization of electoral processes, strengthening of branches of government and balanced development of civil society, Anatoly Boyashov, analyst at the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research, says:

— First, the five-year election cycles are now synchronized at all levels. On February 25, 2024, a single voting day was held, the citizens of Belarus elected more than 12 thousand deputies of local councils and 110 deputies of the House of Representatives. On April 4, the composition of the Council of the Republic — the Chamber of territorial Representation, which includes 64 members, will be formed. A five-year term is also provided for the People's Assembly delegates.

Second, the people's representation in Belarus has been strengthened by giving constitutional status to the All-Belarusian People's Assembly. This supreme representative body of the people's power aims to provide the inviolability of the constitutional system of the country, the succession of generations and civil harmony.

Third, at the same time as party building, conditions have been created to develop civil society. Public associations and labor collectives previously had the right to nominate their representatives to the country's Parliament, but now the most active and largest ones have the opportunity to nominate delegates to the People's Assembly.

The development of political institutions in Belarus will make them more stable, increase the transparency of government-society relations, and in the long term ensure the succession of generations and professionalism of people's representatives.

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