Updated at 18:18,16-07-2018

UDF to Hold "Roundtable" Discussion on Economic Situation in Belarus


The United Democratic Forces plans to hold a "roundtable" discussion in Minsk on March 11 to look at the current social and economic situation in the country.

The Political Council of the Forces discussed the plans at a meeting on Tuesday.

"When collecting ballot-access signatures for our potential candidates [in the coming local elections], our activists found that people were complaining about the worsening of their financial circumstances," Anatol Lyabedzka, leader of the United Civic Party, told BelaPAN. "In particular, people are protesting the recent increase in gasoline prices and they are very much worried about a coming rise in utility bills."

"There are no economic grounds for raising fuel prices," Mr. Lyabedzka stressed. "We buy oil at a fixed price," he noted.

Participants of the coming discussion will thoroughly study reasons behind the hikes and adopt recommendations that opposition candidates could use in their campaigns, according to the politician.