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BULLETINS INFOFOCUS № 2

E-bulletin of IISEPS Center for Documentation, N 2, 2003 (only Russian)

Content:

Introduction

Theme of the month:
Recognition of Chamber of Representatives’ power in PA OSCE: procedure wins, politics loses?

Person of the month:
Eberhard Heyken: a new person faces the old problems

Document of the month:
Policy statement of parliamentry group “Rebublic”: declaration of intentions or the base for consolidation?

Organization of the month:
Central Election Comittee: implementing the law or changing the rules of a game?

IISEPS chronicle:
Attitude of public opinion leaders and experts to the Belarusian-Russian integration
Belarusian elite doesn’t believe that socio-economic situation will improve
Elite belives in independent candidates. But doesn’t hope that official results of elections will reflect real results The third term of presidency: elite’s opinion

Introduction:

Dear readers!

 

The next issue of e-bulletin of IISEPS Center of Documentation is offered to your attention. The main event for Belarus in February, in our opinion, this time happened abroad, in Vienna. We mean the recognition of the House of Representatives’ power in Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE. What is the reason for PA OSCE’ decision, whether it means the change of Western countries attitude to official Minsk, what consequences will it have for the House of Representatives, opposition and situation in the country as a whole? Answers to these questions are in the comments of member of the Belarusian delegation in PA OSCE, the vice-president of House of Representatives’ Commission on the international affairs and communications with the CIS A. Krasutsky and member of deputy group “Republic” V. Frolov.
The “Person of the month”, from our point of view, is a new Head of OSCE Office in Minsk E. Hayken. That can be expected from E. Hayken as the Head of the Office? Whether he will stay impartial and independence from all the interested persons, structures and points of view in that complex situation of Belarusian politics? President of public association “Social technologies” A. Feduta and the Deputy Chief of Ministries of Foreign Affairs department of information A. Savinyh express their opinions on the point.
The document of the month, as well as the main theme, is connected with the House of Representatives and more precisely deputy group “Republic” which organized at the end of February round table devoted to anniversary of BNR. Politicians and public leaders with so different opinions have not gathered in the Parliament’s building for a long time. They are united by two goals – they are eager to keep independence of the country and understand that changes are necessary. And though the press covered mostly the organizational difficulties which organizers of “a round table” faced, what’s more is the promulgation of policy statement of group “Republic”. Its authors showed their understanding of what should be done to achieve two above-stated goals. Information about preparation of the application, the reasons for its occurrence and its main thesis is in comment of the head of deputy group “Republic” V. Parfenovich.
The election campaign for local authorities proceeded in February. Of cource the Central Election Commission all the time was in the centre of public attention and became the “Organization of the month”. The member of Supervising Council of BHC M. Gryb has analyzed if CEK’ activity is independent, does it follow the law, and also the influence of its activity on course and results of elections.
Besides in this issue the most interesting results of experts and opinion leaders’ poll, carried out by IISEPS in February are offered to your attention. We hope, offered materials will be interesting and useful for you. We are waiting for your responses, remarks and offers!.

IISEPS executive board

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