Myasnikovich’s Government: no resignation threat
President Lukashenko spoke about possible changes in the government, headed by Prime Minister Myasnikovich, due to economic failures.
Since Mikhail Myasnikovich has become Belarus Prime Minister, Lukashenko has raised the Government’s resignation issue from time to time. Yet President Lukashenko lacks the candidates for the Prime Minister’s post, as well as other members of the Government. Besides, changes in the Government will not improve the situation in the economy, which requires structural reforms. Lukashenko cannot afford reforms ahead of the presidential elections in 2015. In the near future, President Lukashenko will not make radical shifts in the Government.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.