Belarus' President denies plans to bring forward 2015 presidential elections

Alexander Lukashenko says the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus will not be brought forward. The Belarus President made this statement meeting with a number of new officials who received new posts on October 14. Leonid Anfimov became new head of the State Control Committee. This institution will monitor the implementation of the President's instructions. 

The President also agreed the appointment of heads of local executive bodies, directors of large state-owned enterprises and representatives of the diplomatic corps. Meeting the officials, the President touched on a number of topical issues, such as the adjustment of citizens' claims, the competence of managers and their salaries. 

Appointing Leonid Anfimov head of the State Control Committee, the Belarus President explained why made such a choice.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
I am impressed by your integrity. Of course a person heading the State Control Committee must be honest. I would like you to pay special attention to the implementation of the President's instructions. Your control should not be formal. You should compile this information and give it to the level of the President. If we delegate a task and it is not completed, then measures should be taken. Everyone must meet deadlines. What do we now do if people do not cope with tasks? We fire them and sometimes imprison them but this does not redress the situation. I mean the decisions concerning vital issues of the state's development. Of course, that accusatory approach should be abandoned. 
Always be objective, consider everything in good faith and adopt decisions on particular issues. We have to be honest. We should not see enemies everywhere. But if we find that someone is our real enemy, we should of course take serious measures against such people. I use the word 'enemy' because you primarily deal with economic crimes. If they commit these crimes, they do it against our state and nation.                

Leonid Anfimov, Chairman of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
Our priorities are to monitor budget expenditures, ensure the effective use of state ownership and control the implementation of the President's instructions. Tactical objectives to implement these strategic objectives should be updated with respect to the situation in the country today. First of all, it is connected with the monitoring of the implementation of the President's instructions to avoid formalism in this work.   

The President also met with new heads of local executive committees.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
The main thing is professionalism. We still have to optimize our structure and improve discipline. I have this decree on the table where you are given many rights but you will be held accountable for failures, too. I plan to strengthen the executive discipline. In that case, you will have fewer subordinates, you will not need them. If your chief says something and if there is a decision, it must be followed. If it is not done, you may face criminal responsibility.      

Alexander Rogachuk will new be chairman of the Brest City Executive Committee. Vadim Kravchuk will occupy Mr Rogachuk's previous seat at the helm of the Moscow district of Brest. Alexander Maksimenko will be the first deputy chairman of the Gomel regional executive committee.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
Executive discipline is very important. And not only today. It does not matter whether we will have the [presidential] elections [in 2015] or not. We must remember that this is a test. We're all going to pass this test. We are not going to bring forward the elections to make use of the current electoral ratings or other things. This will be a deception of our voters and people. We should not do this and draw criticism where we don't need it. We will tell the people that we did what we could and we are going to complete what we failed to do. If people want, let them vote. If they want, they can elect another person. Everything should be fair.  Life must go on as usual. Fairness and justice must be the basis of our policy. We need nothing more.

Ruslan Glushko will be chairman of the Oktyabrsky Executive Committee. Viktor Liscovich will combine the activities of an MP of the House of Representatives and chairman of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee. Mikhail Karpovich will be head of the Lida district executive committee. 

Mr Lukashenko asked the local officials to pay attention to the social sphere and work with people.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
I think we suffer formalism when considering appeals of our people. Pay close attention to work with people on the implementation of their proposals.
No formalism and bureaucracy! Do everything in good faith, do not look around. Yes, if top officials make a decision, you have to obey it. But if you see that it is harmful, tell your chief. Be active and professional people, do not be satisfied with what you have now. Aim for better results. Most importantly, do not lie, never tell lies, because everything will become known.

Alexander Lukashenko also noted that cleanliness and order should be maintained in villages and forests of Belarus. Over the years, it has become a brand of the country.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
No matter who comes to Belarus everyone is pleased. This has become our brand. This is our face. For 20 years I have demanded this from everyone and today it brings us good dividends, and people are proud of living in clean cities and agritowns. But it is necessary to maintain this status.
Another thing is farming culture. We know how to do it. There are positive changes in this direction in the Minsk region. Yes, everything should be perfect along the roads because millions of people move through the Belarusian territory nowadays. Don't forget that people compare it to other countries and then investors come. Tomorrow they will bring us money. This is politics and economy. Therefore, all you have to deal with it. Most importantly - punish those who dump waste in forests, fields and along the roads. Especially around major cities. Do not wait for any additional regulations. Take the most stringent measures.

Alexander Krepak will become head of the administration of the Moscow district of Minsk. Denis Ovsyannikov will be at the helm of Minsk's Partizansky district administration. The issue of salaries of officials was also discussed.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
Today a government employee receives a salary lower than that of any manager. Therefore, we cannot sometimes pick professionals. But we can raise salaries only by reducing and optimizing the state apparatus and adding something from the budget. We will also resolve this issue. And if we finally employ real professionals, they will replace 15 inefficient workers that are employed today.
Be careful with people and with their subordinates. I always say: 'Give people a chance.' If you see that he or she is worthless, of course there is no reason to keep such a person. It's better that this post is vacant. The same goes for managers.    

The President held another meeting with the heads of major state-owned enterprises and organizations. Boris Kovalevsky will become director general of Mogilevliftmash [elevator maker]. Yuri Luka will be director of Newsprint Mill. Sergei Yakovchik will become head of Scientific-Practical Center for Agricultural Mechanization of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The meeting participants talked about the peculiarities of work and objectives for the future.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
You will occupy very serious positions and will be at the helm of very serious businesses.

Oleg Morozov became deputy chairman of the State Military and Industrial Committee. Igor Poluyan will be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Colombia with concurrent accreditation in Nicaragua and Panama.