Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Myasnikovich appointed prime minister

Mikhail Myasnikovich, formerly head of the National Academy of Sciences, was appointed prime minister instead of Syarhey Sidorski in a major government reshuffle announced by the presidential press office on Tuesday.

According to the press office, Alyaksandr Lukashenka also appointed:

- Anatol Kalinin, Syarhey Rumas, Valery Ivanow and Anatol Tozik as deputy prime ministers;

- Alyaksandr Radzkow, formerly education minister, as first deputy head of the Presidential Administration instead of Natallya Pyatkevich;

- Andrey Kabyakow, formerly deputy prime minister, as deputy head of the Presidential Administration;

- Valery Mitskevich as deputy head of the Presidential Administration;

- Alyaksandr Yakabson, formerly head of the Homyel Regional Executive Committee, as head of the State Control Committee instead of Zyanon Lomats;

- Leanid Anfimaw as first deputy head of the State Control Committee;

- Henadz Davydzka as head of the Belarusian State Television and Radio Company instead of Alyaksandr Zimowski.

Uladzimir Syamashka has retained his post of first deputy prime minister. Uladzimir Makey will continue to serve as head of the Presidential Administration.

Mr. Myasnikovich was born on May 6, 1950 in the village of Novy Snow in the Nyasvizh district, Minsk region. He graduated from the Brest Construction Engineering Institute in 1972 and from the Minsk Higher Communist Party School in 1989.

His career has included service as secretary of the Minsk City Committee of the Communist Party of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (1985-86), minister of housing and utility services of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (1986-1990), deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic and chairman of the State Committee on Economy and Planning (1990-91), first deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of Belarus (1991-94); deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of Belarus (1994-95), head of the Presidential Administration (1995-2001), and head of the National Academy of Sciences (October 2001-December 2010).