Updated at 13:48,15-08-2017

Valery Mitskevich appointed acting head of Presidential Administration

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Valery Mitskevich appointed acting head of Presidential Administration
Valery Mitskevich
Alyaksandr Lukashenka on December 6 dismissed Alyaksandr Kosinets from his position as head of the Presidential Administration and appointed Valery Mitskevich, deputy head of the Presidential Administration to serve as acting head.

The Belarusian leader also dismissed Kanstantsin Martynetski from his position as first deputy head of the Presidential Administration.

Messrs. Kosinets and Martynetski were dismissed “in connection with their transfer to another job,” reported the presidential press office.

Syarhey Sidorski, Belarus’ prime minister from 2003 to 2010 who currently serves as commissioner for industry and agro-industrial sector in the Eurasian Economic Commission, was reported last month to be Mr. Lukashenka’s preferred candidate for the position of head of the Presidential Administration because he has a reputation for being a “strong economic manager capable of clearly formulating his position.”

The Presidential Administration should radically change its style of work and improve the performance of its staff, the head of state said on November 10 while meeting with Mr. Kosinets.

Mr. Lukashenka criticized the Administration for leaving leading companies without directors general for a long time.

He said that the head of the Administration would now submit new ideas to him every three months.

“It is up to me whether I will accept those ideas or reject them, but there should be ideas,” Mr. Lukashenka stressed.

Born in Lida, Hrodna region, in 1964, Mr. Mitskevich graduated from Belarusian State University.

His career has included service as chairperson of the court of the Minsk district and the city of Zaslawye (1991-2001), deputy minister of justice and member of the central election commission (2001-2005), director of the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research (2005-2009), and deputy head of the Presidential Administration (2009-2015).

Mr. Kosinets, formerly head of the Vitsyebsk Regional Executive Committee, had served as head of the Presidential Administration since December 2014.