Updated at 11:50,16-10-2017

Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Zmicier Lukashuk, Euroradio

Milinkevich is the most popular with Popular Front members, while Fair World's communists are yet choose whom to support Kalyakin or Lukashenka.

BPF members have announced that their single candidate is... Alyaksandr Milinkevich, leader of the Movement For Freedom. This is the result of the rating voting organized at a party meeting on October 11. At the same time, BPF leader Alyaksei Yanukevich is young enough to be able to take part in the presidential election in 2015 and has been re-elected party leader.

Yanukevich explained his defeat by the foreign-policy situation.

Alyaksei Yanukevich: The cost of any mistake has become very high in connection with the geopolitical changes in the region. The BPF Party keeps telling people the truth they may not be ready for. That is why is would be wise to support a person who sticks to our basic values but has a more acceptable image than the BPF Party. It is needed to be able to consolidate the society.


Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Alyaksei Yanukevich

Anyway, the decision to support Alyaksandr Milinkevich is not final, Yanukevich told Euroradio. The final decision will be made by the party Seim.

Alyaksei Yanukevich: There is still a year until the election. The political situation in Belarus and abroad may change and it may change the list of possible candidates.


Interestingly, Milinkevich has not announced yet whether he is ready to take part in the election.

Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Alyaksandr Milinkevich

This is not the only interesting fact. The party of the left Fair World has sent a list of possible candidates to its members. The names on the list are rather interesting, deputy party leader Valery Uhnalyou confessed.

Valery Uhnalyou: We have sent questionnaires to our party members: who they would support (besides their own candidate, party leader Syarhei Kalyakin Euroradio). There were such names as Milinkevich, Nyaklyayeu, Fralou, Haidukevich (LDP leader Euroradio). We have also asked our members about their attitude to supporting Lukashenka. We will see what they will answer.


Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Valery Uhnalyou

Fair World has a lot of alternatives, he told Euroradio. The party may support the candidate suggested by the Peoples Coalition: the Movement For Freedom, BPF, Tell the Truth and social democrats. They may also support Talakas candidate: UCP, four steering committees for the creation of different parties. They may even support Lukashenka.

Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Syarhei Kalyakin

The United Civil Party chose their candidate in May Anatol Lyabedzka. However, the party is ready for a compromise, Leu Marholin assured.

Leu Marholin: If the single candidate is chosen at the Congress of Democratic Forces, we will be ready to support him. Otherwise, we will support our own candidate.


Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Leu Marholin

However, there is one more alternative: the coalition Talaka will suggest their candidate too. If he is supported by the majority, the UCP will also support him.

Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Anatol Lyabedzka

Tell the Truth has not answered our question about their candidate. There is still plenty of time, deputy leader Andrei Dzmitryyeu brushed Euroradios question aside.

Andrei Dzmitryyeu: What will we do if we know the name now? Nobody knows. The Peoples Referendum will choose its single candidate no matter whether the Congers is held or not. We will name the candidate in time.


Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Andrei Dzmitryyeu

In fact, Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu has a chance to become the single candidate of the Peoples Referendum, Dzmitryyeu said.

Opposition chooses single candidate from Milinkevich to Lukashenka

Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu

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