Updated at 14:15,20-02-2018

Trade Union leader resigned over conflict between influential groups in presidents entourage

Solidarity with Belarus information office

According to the Trade Unions Federation press office, Leonid Kozik, TUF head, submitted a resignation letter.

In 2002, President Lukashenko endorsed Kozik to lead the largest trade union in Belarus. Before becoming the TUF head, Kozik was Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration. Kozik was a loyal servant, ensuring full support for President Lukashenko by the trade unions during the past 13 years. His resignation was most likely due to the growing contradictions between him and other influential groups in the presidents entourage, as well as the enhanced anti-corruption campaign and frequent corruption scandals in his organisation. Most likely, President Lukashenko will be prompted to intervene and make a personal decision about Koziks future fate and career.