Staff reshuffles in Belarus ahead of presidential campaign
President Lukashenko dismissed Oleg Proleskovsky as Information Minister and appointed a new spokesperson in his administration.
The president is reshuffling public officials who will be responsible for the presidential campaign’s success in 2015: recently, some regional heads and regional law enforcement heads were replaced. Influenced by events in Ukraine, Belarusian authorities are tightening the screws for state agencies and officials responsible for national security and public safety, primarily, for the law enforcement agencies and regional leadership. Their goal is to improve executives’ discipline and reduce manifestations of corruption, as well as to fine-tune the information and propaganda machine in counteracting potential external information threats.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.