Belarusian Popular Front\'s leader expected to seek reelection for second time despite two-term limit on chairmanship

Alyaksey Yanukevich will be able to seek reelection as chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF)...

 

Alyaksey Yanukevich will be able to seek reelection as chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) for the second time despite the fact that the BPF charter does not allow the same person to hold the position more than two times in a row, BelaPAN said.

During its previous convention, held in September 2011, the BPF amended its charter to impose the two-term limit on party chairmanship.

Nevertheless, the BPF's audit commission announced on Thursday that Mr. Yanukevich would be able to run for reelection because he had been elected chairman of the party only once under the new charter.

According to the BPF press office, the party will hold its next convention no later than September 2014.

Mr. Yanukevich, currently 37 years of age, was elected to chair the BPF at a September 2009 convention amid allegations that the election was rigged in his favor.

Vintsuk Vyachorka, who chaired the Belarusian Popular Front between 1999 and 2007, described the election of Mr. Yanukevich, an ally of Movement for Freedom leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich, as a "hostile takeover" by forces that wanted to cooperate with Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Mr. Yanukevich was reelected chairman of the BPF in an uncontested vote on September 10, 2011.