Belarusian Popular Front holds meeting marking 25th founding anniversary

And adopts list of questions for People’s Referendum campaign…


The Council of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) held a meeting in Minsk on Saturday, marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the organization.

The history of the BPF is 25 years of selfless struggle for freedom, national revival, democracy the rights of the individual and the interests of the Belarusian nation, BPF Chairman Alyaksey Yanukevich said in his statement on the occasion.

During the meeting, the Council adopted a list of six questions that the party would recommend to its allies for consideration as questions to be posed to voters within the framework of the People’s Referendum campaign.

The list includes questions asking whether a two-term limit on the presidency should be reestablished, whether the heads of city and regional governments should be elected by local residents, whether Belarus should sign a free-trade agreement with the European Union, whether Belarus should tolerate foreign military bases in its territory, whether the size of public health spending should be legislatively set at eight percent of GDP, and whether decisions on important matters, such as membership in a military or economic alliance, the construction of a nuclear power plant and the privatization of strategically important companies, should be made through referendums.

According to Mr. Yanukevich, the organizations involved in the campaign are to select 10 questions before October 24 and then the list has to be shortened to five questions within two weeks.

The People’s Referendum campaign was initiated in May by the BPF, the “Tell the Truth!” movement and the Movement for Freedom. The three organizations were later joined by the Hramada Belarusian Social Democratic Party and the Party of Freedom and Progress.

The founding committee for the Adradzhenne Belarusian Popular Front for Perestroika was established on October 19, 1988. //BelaPAN