Elections in Belarus 2015

Karatkevich’s election address: ‘My rival Lukashenka is afraid of changes’

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In her second televised election address presidential candidate Tatsiana Karatkevich remembered the 90s and said that modernization should be carried out in Belarus.

“Look, everything has changed in 20 years, only the people in power are the same. For the moment, the nation and the country have overgrown their authorities,” Karatkevich said.

According to Tatsiana karatkevich, the state machine of 1996 is dying, it does not work properly in 2015, and it’s time high time Belarusians changed it. In her opinion, those people in power should not be a brake – she says they are a brake at the moment – but as a force for development.

“In fact, people are not afraid of changes, on the contrary, they want them. The only person who is afraid of them is my rival at the elections, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, because any changes will reduce the government’s control over economy, society and the individual,” said Karatkevich.

Speaking about ‘peaceful change’ in economy, she urged to ‘give free rein to a proactive and enterprising person who is willing and able to work on the land, at the factory, who is able to organize production or provide services.

We need to give people an opportunity to start a business, fend for themselves, work for themselves, Karatkevich stressed. According to her, it is the private sector that will bring the country out of the crisis.

Tatsiana Karatkevich also drew people’s attention to the problems of Belarusian regions: “We will do everything to develop our regions, create necessary infrastructure, support young professionals and young families allocation of land and giving soft building loans.”

In addition, Karatkevich promised to do her best to restore the prestige of the teaching profession.

At the end of the speech Karatkevich called on election commissions to openly and honestly count the votes of Belarusians and ‘not to turn a blind eye to fraud’.

The presidential wannabe appealed to the members of the precinct election commissions, most of which are women.

“The presidential election is not less important than the family, because it is our native land, our country, our common future. We will not achieve anything if we fail to remain fair. I know you’re worried about what lies ahead, about the future of our children. I ask you to openly and honestly count the votes of Belarusians and not to turn a blind eye to fraud. It is now extremely important. This is the moment of truth.”

Karatkevich also asked Belarusians to cast their votes in the forthcoming presidential election:

“As long as your discontent is expressed only in your kitchens, your opinion will never be taken into account. It is necessary to come and vote. It is your legal and safe way to give a start to changes – in a polling booth you are alone, alone with your conscience.”

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