Updated at 02:23,01-10-2020

President Lukashenko Appoints New Government, Prime Minister


President Lukashenko Appoints New Government, Prime Minister
Belarus’ New Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed Roman Golovchenko as new prime minister, Pool Pervogo Telegram channel report

Recall that on 3 June, the president dismissed the country’s previous government. He also linked the cabinet’s resignation to the presidential election coming up in August. Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, is planning to run for a sixth term.

New PM

Speaking of Roman Golovchenko, Lukasheko pointed out his vast experience, including the diplomatic service, negotiation skills, his work in charge of the military industrial complex.

“I want him to advance the industry to a higher technological level, in all areas where possible. He is a good organizer. Most importantly, he is a reliable person who can be trusted. He understands things, has first-hand knowledge.

He is a reliable man, a patriot of his country, was born and raised in Belarus. Having traveled the world, he did not stay anywhere, in any country. It is very important for us now that patriots and professionals come to power,” the head of state explained his choice.

New government

Nikolai Snopkov will take up the post of first deputy prime minister, Alexander Subbotin – deputy prime minister. Ivan Tertel has been appointed chairman of the State Control Committee.

Dmitry Krutoi has been transferred to the post of deputy head of the President Administration, and Valery Belsky has been appointed aide to Belarus President.

Ruslan Parkhamovich is the new minister of architecture and construction, Igor Lutsky took up the position of the information minister. Piotr Parkhomchik is minister of industry, Yuri Seliverstov – the finance minister, Andrei Khmel – housing and utilities minister.

Dmitry Matusevich will head the State Property Committee, and Dmitry Pantus has been appointed chairman of the State Authority for Military Industry of the Republic of Belarus.

New expectations

As he appointed new members of the government, Lukashenko recalled that the rotation of personnel and the renewal of government was carried out about a year ago. The previous Council of Ministers worked for three years under the leadership of Sergei Rumas.

Addressing the meeting participants, the country’s leader stressed: “This is a natural process. Yes, the elections will be held after a while and we will need to finish the process, determine almost completely the composition of the government. Why almost?

Because, of course, the period after the election is an exam. We will see who passes the exam. The same portfolio is never given to anyone forever, including me. I am elected by the people, you are appointed by the president. Everything is under the Constitution.”

He also urged the newly appointed members to be ready to work hard to overcome current hardships and challenges. “It is an utmost trial of our resilience and the preservation of the state. We have to survive it. And we will survive it, we’ve done it before, and we will win.”