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BPF Party National Board Supported Nomination of Tatsiana Karatkevich as Candidate for President


The BPF Party has supported nomination of Tatsiana Karatkevich, who is “Tell the Truth” campaign activist and Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) member, as candidate for president at the presidential elections 2015. April 25, 2015 the BPF Party National Board (Sojm) adopted the respective decision of the BPF Party Political Commission, which had been made in early April.

Members of the governing body listened to Tatsiana Karatkevich’s answers to their questions, which they were able to ask through Skype conference.

Mrs. Karatkevich noticed that she would like to run as candidate for president not from a single organization, but from the whole “People’s Referendum” coalition, which, in her opinion, is now “the only example of joint actions within the democratic forces”.

Mrs. Karatkevich emphasized that joint action within the “People’s Referendum” coalition became an impulse for her to make a decision to run for president at the upcoming election campaign, as such joint work “gives strength” to her.
She named sense of equity, responsibility and team work skills as her merits.

Tatsiana Karatkevich also noticed that joint actions within the framework of “People’s Referendum” would not end with the finish of the election campaign 2015, but would continue at the parliamentary campaign 2016.

Participants of the discussion expressed the opinion that there wouldn’t be a single candidate from the opposition anyway, that’s why there should be at least a single candidate from the “People’s Referendum” coalition. Ryhor Kastusiou, the BPF Party deputy chairman, noticed that “the most important thing now is maintenance of unity, it is even more important than the party interests. Stance of keeping the unity is stronger than stance of destroying it. Our decision today looks not like backdown, but like demonstration of its strengths”.

Alaksej Janukevich, the BPF Party chairman, mentioned that the BPF Party initially had been striving for the opposition to manage to nominate a single candidate. However, this aim appeared impossible to be reached within all democratic forces. Breakdown of talks within the “People’s Referendum” coalition was also very probable. – noticed the politician.

Mr. Janukevich considers the candidature of Aliaksandr Milinkevich, “For Freedom” movement chairman, as the most appropriate for the party within the “People’s Referendum” coalition. However, Mr. Milinkevich decided to refuse of participation in the election campaign. The BPF Party leader said that within the “People’s Referendum” there had been discussed two main candidatures – Ryhor Kastusiou, the BPF Party deputy chairman, and Tatsiana Karatkevich, “Tell the Truth” campaign activist.

“We have been discussing advantages and disadvantages of both candidates for a long time, and there was a possibility that such talks would end in nothing. That’s why we decided to agree to support Mrs. Karatkevich in order to show our ability to come to agreements. In current situation demonstration of adequacy and conduct of a common campaign by at least a part of the opposition is much more advantageous,” – said Mr. Janukevich.

Mr. Janukevich thinks that in current situation Aliaksandr Lukashenka has big chances of retaining the power. “Now Belarusian regime has enough levers to keep people simply in a passive condition and win the elections. They even don’t need to mark up Lukashenka’s ratings,” – he said.

Mr. Janukevich thinks that the BPF Party main aim at the presidential elections is to increase the number of supporters of the independence of Belarus. “In our work we need to focus our attention on strengthening of national democratic movement, strengthening of anti-imperial moods in the country. Such work should sooner or later result in broadening of prospects for an independent and European Belarus,” – he said.

“Tell the Truth” campaign was the first to declare nomination of Tatsiana Karatkevich as candidate for president, as she is an activist of the campaign. The same decision was later made by the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada). “For Freedom” movement hasn’t made up their minds on this issue so far.

Next presidential elections must take place not later than on November 20, 2015. The Central Election Commission named November 15, 2015 as the most probable election day.